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Diet soda can increase risk of dementia and stroke, study finds

By: Sean Rossman , USA TODAY
April 21, 2017 Updated: April 21, 2017 at 11:29 am
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If you drink a lot of artificially sweetened drinks like diet soda, you could be at higher risk of stroke and dementia, a study said. (Photo: rez-art, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The quest to trim waistlines using artificial sweeteners could be backfiring, as researchers found artificially sweetened drinks like diet soda can increase a person's likelihood of stroke and dementia.

A study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found a daily diet soda puts a person at three times the risk of dementia and stroke compared to someone who drinks less than one a week.

It's another blow to diet soda, which has been the subject of recent unflattering studies. Purdue University found in 2013 it doesn't actually help us lose weight. Another 2007 study discovered those who drink diet soda are no less at risk of heart disease than those who drink regular soda.

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