Results of research published this week in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that over a seven year period, people who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day were almost 3 times (2.96 times to be exact) more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot than were people who didn’t drink artificially sweetened beverages. The same held true for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease risk. Those who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day had an almost 3 time greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a two and a half times greater risk of dementia from all causes.
Article summary: www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878894
Article Abstract is at: http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/20/STROKEAHA.116.016027
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Although there have been many studies done over the years on the health effects of artificial sweeteners, the results have been inconsistent with some finding no health risks, and others finding there are health risks including: higher blood glucose levels, diabetes, obesity, fatty liver, changes in gut biome (bacteria) associated with diabetes and obesity, and now - increased risk of stroke and dementia.
Since there is on-going debate, it’s best to act prudently and try to eliminate artificial sweeteners if you can or at the very least, reduce the amount you use.
Possible substitutes for diet beverages and artificial sweeteners–
Teas – iced or hot
Wild Sweet Orange
Sweet and Spicy
Ginger (from ginger root)
To enhance your coffee try -
For more information see:
Harvard Health Publications
Artificial Sweeteners: Sugar free but at what cost?
National Institutes of Health
Taking a look at artificial sweeteners
American Heart Association
Artificial Sweeteners may increase blood sugar
Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES is the principal of Associates for Health Education and Behavior, LLC, in Sparta, a practice focused on improving health through education. Her office offers individual and group health education, and individual health behavior change guidance. For more information please see www.associatesforhealth.com To contact Dr. Hayden, email her firstname.lastname@example.org
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