Do Sugar Subs Cause Dementia?


In the Framingham Heart Study, participates who drank at least one diet drink a day were almost 3 times more likely to suffer from dementia than those who drank none. But when other variables (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc.) were taken into consideration, the increased risk was no longer there.

Conclusion—there is weak evidence that sugar substitutes lead to dementia.

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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