Drinking Sugary Beverages Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Study
Two new scientific studies have highlighted possible links between drinking sugary beverages and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The study raise concerns about whether both regular and diet drinks cause brain disease.
Science is pretty much clear about the health impact of regularly drinking sugary beverages.
Some more known dangers include teeth rotting, fattening, and increased risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
Artificial sweeteners have been associated with—but not shown to necessarily cause—weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.
On Thursday, two studies by the same group of researchers gave soda drinkers—both diet and regular—a whole new reason to drop the habit entirely.
The first study, published in the medical journal Stroke, found that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The second study, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, found that regular consumption of sugary beverages was associated with markers for pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease.
Authors of the Stroke study, led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, conducted a review of data collected through.
The Framingham Heart Study isa multi-decade observational review that began with more than 5,000 volunteer participants in 1948 and has included their offspring since 1971 and their grandchildren since 2002.
The FHS entailed nine examination cycles held approximately every four years; participants logged beverage intake through questionnaires that surveyed their diets over the previous 12 months.
In these studies, the researchers looked at the seventh cycle for the offspring, from 1998 to 2001, and the second cycle for the grandchildren, from 2008 to 2011.
In the study cited in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the researchers found that higher consumption of sugary beverages was associated with a pattern consistent with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s, including smaller total brain volume and poorer episodic memory.
The authors called the findings “striking” because they were found in a middle-aged sample and withstood statistical adjustment for such factors as physical activity and total caloric intake.
The results align with earlier research done with smaller samples, including one with 737 middle-aged participants in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study.
The BPRH study found that higher sugar intake was cross-sectionally associated with Alzheimer’s-like behavioral patterns.
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia study notes its limitations, including that it doesn’t establish causality, the homogenous population sample didn’t include minorities, and questionnaire-based consumption data are inherently unreliable.
Vice President of policy, at the American Beverage Association, William Dermody Jr., responding to the findings said:
Drinking Sugary Beverages Linked To Alzheimer’s, Dementia
“The Alzheimer’s Association points out that the greatest risk factors for Alzheimer’s are increasing age, family history of Alzheimer’s, and genetics—not sugar intake, from any source.”
Meanwhile, the Stroke study, found a correlation between artificially sweetened beverages and stroke and dementia.
It also observed no similarities for consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. an observation the authors characterized as “intriguing.”
An editorial accompanying the study noted this finding—and that it contradicted other studies that found the opposite.
According to authors of this study, the association could be a case of reverse causality, “whereby sicker individuals consume diet beverages as a means of negating a further deterioration of health.”
Hartley also recommends proactive steps towards brain health, including exercise, a healthy diet, and keeping up education;
He advises everyone to speak with physicians about their specific health conditions.
According to him, when it comes to drinking sugary beverages, whether diet or regular, the safest course is to skip it.
“I think they’re both bad.
“Pure water is always a very good thing.”