Diet Drinks Triple Risk of Stroke and Dementia? (NHS Choices / Stroke / BBC Health News / NHS England)


Recently published evidence indicates that consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks is associated statistically with a higher risk of stroke and dementia, but these alleged links are not overwhelmingly convincing or concerning.

An NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal explains the issues, and the strength of the evidence, most clearly:

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Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, April 21st 2017.

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Pase, MP. Himali, JJ. [and] Beiser, AS. [et al] (2017). Sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages and the risks of incident stroke and dementia: a prospective cohort study. Stroke. April 20th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].

Headlines-Driven Policy?

A possibly coincidental NHS England policy announcement?

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Roxby, P. (2017). Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals. London: BBC Health News, April 21st 2017.

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NHS and leading suppliers join forces to cut sugary drinks. [Online]: NHS England, April 21st 2017.

“…leading retailers have agreed to continue voluntarily reducing sales of sugary drinks to 10% or less of their total drinks sales within hospitals over the coming year”.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

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