It's important to take note that consuming a high amount of processed sugar into the diet (especially from liguids such as soda) may lead to increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CAD).
A new study by the American Heart Association suggests when consuming artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet soda for example, not only increases health risks to your body, but also your brain. In this particular study, diet sodas are tied to a higher risk of strokes & dementia. It is noted in the study, that while the direct link cannot be made (as far as cause-and-effect), but the information provided should educate the general public to practice caution consuming these beverages in their daily dietary habits.
Matthew Pase, a senior researcher from the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and lead author of the author, stated: "we have little data on the health effects of diet drinks and this is problematic because diet drinks are popular amongst the general population".
2,888 adults older than 45 and 1,484 adults over 60 from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts participated in the study. The older than 45 group was studied for stroke while the over 60 group was studied for dementia. The study measures how many beverages were consumed by each person in the two groups, at different time points between 1991 and 2001. Out of that information, they compared that with how many suffered from stoke or dementia over the next 10 years.
I'm comparison to the ones who did not consume the soft drinks, those who drank one a day were almost three times likely to have an ischemic stroke, which is cause by blockage of blood vessels, the researchers discovered. "So, it was not surprising to see that diet soda intake was associated with stroke and dementia. I was surprised that sugary beverage intake was not associated with either the risks of stroke or dementia because sugary beverages are known to be unhealthy," said Pase.
More research is needed to find out the longer effects of both sugary and artificially sweetened beverages.