Researchers Examine Relationship Between Sugary Drinks and Brain Defects

(NBC NEWS) - People who consume sodas, fruit juices and diet sodas could be at risk for poorer memory, smaller brains, and a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine examined at least 4,000 individuals to test the relationship between beverage intake and brain volume and memory.

They found that people who consumed sugary sodas and fruit juices had greater evidence of accelerated brain aging including smaller brain volumes and poorer memory function.

Experts also found that people who consume diet soda on a daily basis were close to three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia.

"In a follow up study we found that people who consume diet soda more frequently had a higher risk of developing both stroke and dementia in the future over the next 10 years," PhD from Boston University School of Medicine, Matthew Pase said.

Researchers of the study say although their findings do not prove cause and effect, people should still be cautious about consuming diet sodas in excess. 


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