Diet Drinks Containing Artificial Sweeteners Increase The Risk Of Stroke And Dementia

Artificial sweeteners added to the diet drinks like diet soda have negative impacts on our health. For instance, the diet soda is linked with a high risk of diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and ultimately death.

The study published in the journal Stroke on April 20, have stated that people who consume diet drinks daily are at a risk of suffering from stroke and dementia.

The conducted study

For the purpose of the study, the researchers from Framingham Heart Study, a medical research of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Boston University have examined 4,300 individuals. Over a span of 10 years, the researchers noticed that individuals who drink one diet soda per day have thrice the risk of stroke as compared to non-beverage consumers. The form of stroke associated with diet drinks is known as ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by blockage of an artery that is linked to the brain. The diet soda consumers have shown 2.89 times more risk of developing dementia. Dementia is characterized by memory loss that interferes with our daily life.

Although the exact link between diet drinks and the risk of stroke and dementia is not yet proved. But, one should not that, many studies conducted in past have shown the health risks linked with the consumption of beverages loaded with artificial sweeteners.

A study that was conducted in 2015, have shown that heart failure risk increases by 23 percent if one consumes at least two cans of diet soda loaded with artificial sweeteners.

Other studies which were conducted in 2014 have proved that people who consume diet soda in order to lose weight have shown a complete contradictory result. People drinking diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners usually gain more calories than the regular sweet drinks. More fat accumulation takes place in the stomach due to diet drinks.

From all these studies, it is clear that sugary beverages like diet drinks may not be a healthier alternative inspite of its popularity among users.

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Micheal Novotny
Micheal is a writer and editor who covers science, technology, and sustainability. He works at Prudour Network, where he is the Executive Editor, Grand Challenges. The job involves harnessing Prudour Network's vast expertise across many fields of science to address global challenges in health, sustainability, and other global challenges.