Health Desk—April 23, 2017: A new study said adults who have at least one diet drink a day are three times more at risk from a stroke or dementia.
According to the study, just one diet drink a day can triple the risk of a deadly stroke, with researchers also finding the beverages have a “worrying association” with dementia. The scientists warned people should not view sugary drinks as a “healthy option” and instead urged people to drink water, low-fat milk or other drinks without sweetener.
Their study of almost 4,400 adults also suggests diet drinks are more likely to cause strokes and dementia than those full of sugar.
Researchers then followed the group for 10 years, noting 97 cases of stroke during that period, and 81 cases of dementia (63 cases were specifically Alzheimer's disease).
The team of scientists from Boston University believe the artificial sweeteners including aspartame and saccharine maybe affecting the blood vessels, eventually triggering strokes and dementia.
After adjusting for factors that could influence the results, such as age, sex, education, calorie intake, exercise and smoking, people who had at least one diet drink a day had an almost three times increased risk of dementia or stroke.
The study was published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.