ANDERSON, Ind. — A new study claims to have found a connection between drinking diet soda and being at higher risk of developing dementia and stroke.
However, the study’s author is calling for more research to be done.
The study found an association between drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily and having an increased risk of stroke or dementia by three times the risk of someone who drinks diet soda less than once a week.
The researchers who conducted the study analyzed the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. The 2,888 people in the group for the stroke study were primarily Caucasian, over the age of 45. The 1,484 people in the dementia study were over the age of 60.
The authors quickly cautioned in the American Heart Association press release that the research only shows a trend among one group of people rather than an actual cause and effect.
The people who participated in the study had researchers check in with their drinking habits periodically over a seven-year period, according to the press release. The researchers then followed up 10 years later to see who developed the targeted diseases.
At the end of the 10-year period, 3 percent of the people had had a stroke and 5 percent had been diagnosed with dementia.
Matthew Pase, a senior fellow in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and the Framingham Heart Study, said more research needs to be done to confirm the findings since the sampling of people were primarily white and older. He also said they did not track how much regular soda the participants were drinking as well.
“Even if someone is three times as likely to develop stroke or dementia, it is by no means a certain fate,” Pase said in a press release. “In our study, 3 percent of…