We all know there are many health risks of drinking soda or sweet beverages. It causes tooth decaying, puts you at a higher risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke and much more. But this time the other negatives added in the list. People who drink diet soda or any other sweet beverages daily can increase the chance of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The study published in the journal of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It said people who frequently consuming sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices are more likely have poorer memory, smaller hippocampal memories and smaller overall brain volumes.
The research explained that both sugar and artificial-sweetened beverage consumption has linked to cardio-metabolic risk factors that increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia.
Corresponding author Matthew Pase from Boston University’s school of medicine in the US said, “Our findings indicate an association between higher sugary beverage intake and brain atrophy, including lower brain volume and poorer memory.”
He added, “We also found that people drinking diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia. This included a higher risk of ischemic stroke – where blood vessels in the brain become obstructed and Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.”
The team conducted a research on almost 4,000 participants over the age of 30 and studied them using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and cognitive testing to measure the relationship between beverage intake and brain volumes.
The researchers then examined 2,888 participants age 45 and above for the development of stroke and 1,484 people age 60 and older for dementia for 10 years.
The researchers alerted that people should be cautious about regular consuming of diet soda or sugary beverages.