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Diet drinks could increase your risk of a Stroke or Dementia significantly

Drinking one ‘diet’ or artificially sweetened drink a day could make you almost three times more likely to develop a stroke or dementia, a new survey has revealed.

The seven year survey compared those who drank diet drinks everyday to those who drank artificially-sweetened drinks less than once a week.

The new research appeared in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

The authors caution that the long-term observational study was not designed or able to prove cause and effect, and only shows a trend among one group of people, according to The Journal.

“Our study shows a need to put more research into this area given how often people drink artificially-sweetened beverages,” said Matthew Pase, PhD, a senior fellow in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and the Framingham Heart Study.

Adding, “Although we did not find an association between stroke or dementia and the consumption of sugary drinks, this certainly does not mean they are a healthy option.”

“We recommend that people drink water on a regular basis instead of sugary or artificially sweetened beverages.”

The study which took place over seven years monitored 2,888 people over the age of 45 for the stroke study and 1,484 people over the age of 60 for the dementia part of the study.

This will make us think twice!

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