If you are worried about stroke or dementia, perhaps you should be careful what you drink.
These days we are constantly being told what is or what isn’t good for us. While the advice is valuable, it can be tough to keep up as the advice may change, leaving consumers like you and me confused, finding it hard to separate fad with fact.
The latest shocking headline (if it is even possible to shock us anymore), is that diet drinks, such Diet Coke and Pepsi Max, contains artificial sweetener which can ‘allegedly’ triple the risk of stroke and dementia.
The diet soda brands may now have their lawyers scurrying around, trying to get this finding suppressed or hidden, or at the very least, have the research discredited. Some authorities in the UK are already calling for more investigations, their intent remains to be seen though.
It is important to note that the research doesn’t show that artificially sweetened drinks ‘cause’ dementia, just that there’s a worrying association that needs further investigation.
More certain was the link to stroke, where the study of 4,300 people over the period of 10 years showed that those consuming one or more cans of artificially-sweetened pop daily were three times the risk of suffering the most common form of stroke, compare to non-drinkers.
Naturally, experts agree, the best way to avoid the risk is to drink plain old water instead. However let’s not forget that in 2011 we were told that too much water can be bad for you.
With the vast quantities of fizzy pop drunk daily leading to other health issues, such as obesity and diabetes, more and more people are turning to artificially sweetened drinks to sustain their ‘once sugary’ addiction. Does this mean we are heading to a society with increasing rates of stroke or Alzheimer’s? Does this mean we are going to have an increase in the amount of dementia care patients in the future? The problem is, nobody really knows. As so little is actually known about the process that lead to conditions such as dementia and diseases like Alzheimer’s, perhaps the best policy is to sit back and take stock of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle – moderation is the order of the day.
Or, drink coffee instead – without the sugar!