Soda Causes Worse Memory Function 1

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Evelyn Huynh

According to two research studies, researchers have found out that people who drink soda, with sugar or without, may be more likely to develop memory problems and have smaller brain volumes. An article published on April 24 by researchers explains the effects of drinking soda.

In one of the two reports, published April 20, researchers found that people who drank diet soda every day were three times more likely to develop dementia, which is a persistent disorder of the mental process. They had also found that they are more likely to develop a stroke over a 10 year period than those who do not consume any diet soda.

In the other study published in March, the same researchers have found out that people who consumed at least one diet soda a day had a smaller brain volume than those who didn’t drink diet soda. The same study concluded that people who consumed more than two sugary beverages a day, some including soda or fruit juice, had a smaller brain volume and worse memory function.

“Although both studies show that there is a link between drinking diet or sugary beverages and certain health outcomes, the results do not mean that consuming such beverages directly causes these outcomes,” said the lead author of both studies, Matthew P. Pase, a neurology researcher at Boston University School of Medicine.

Still, the results are enough to cause concern and prompt careful consideration of soda and sugary drink consumption for the sake of health concerns.

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