Expert reaction to artificially-sweetened fizzy drinks, stroke and dementia

A new prospective cohort study publishing in Stroke investigates if there is an increased risk of stroke and dementia after sugar and artificially sweetened beverage consumption | Science Media Centre

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Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society said:

“This research does not show that artificially sweetened drinks cause dementia. But it does highlight a worrying association that requires further investigation

“Research into dietary factors is very complex and there are a number of issues that need clarifying, for example why drinks sweetened with sugar were not associated with an increased risk in this study, and teasing out links between all types of sugary drinks, diabetes and dementia.

“What we do know is that the things we eat and drink can have an effect on our brain health. Evidence shows that along with eating a healthy diet, including watching what you drink, the best way to reduce your risk of dementia is to take plenty of exercise and stop smoking.”

Read other expert analysis here

The original research article is available for download here

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