Diet drinks linked to stroke and dementia

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Cutting calories with diet soft drinks could put you at an increased risk for stroke or dementia, according to a new study released by the American Heart Association's Journal.

The study found that those who consume artificially sweetened products daily are three times more likely to have a stroke or get dementia than those who consume just one diet product a week.

Physician Assistant Jared Collett, with the Providence Neurosurgical Association, said natural sugars pose risks as well.

Collet said heart attack, diabetes, and high blood pressure are also health concerns when consuming soft drinks whether they're diet or not.

Collett said soft drinks are also very addictive.

"They stimulate the same center of the brain which releases dopamine which is what makes us feel good."

Collett said consuming soft drinks will often make you crave a sweet treat even more throughout the day.
He also said the best thing to drink is always water.

Collett also recommends infusing water with fruit to add a little flavor.