New study suggests diet soda might affect dementia risk

(File photo)

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EDISON - A new study suggests that drinking a diet soda a day might be bad for the brain.

The research, which was published Thursday in the science journal “Stroke,” found that one or more artificially sweetened drinks consumed a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine studied people in two different age groups over a 20-year period.

“Just because a beverage is advertised as being healthy because it doesn’t have any sugar doesn’t mean that it is healthy,” said Matthew Pase, Ph.D., a fellow in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study, told the American Heart Association. “Artificial sweeteners may have effects in the body that we haven’t begun to explore.”

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