Every day, most Filipinos like carbonated drinks to feel refreshed from the hot climate. Any type of soft drinks whether beit a zero sugar or a sweetened one.
Taking good care of our health are just one of the good factors that give us a longer and healthier life. There are times when we become choosy of what food we take, for some reason, sometimes what we thought was good for us are actually the ones bringing us to greater health risks.
What is a stroke? Stroke is an illness that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced which deprives the brain of oxygen and nutrients and cause brain cells to die.
Can stroke kill a person? Yes. It is ranked no. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
Now, what is dementia? Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.
On a recent study, a team of scientists from Boston University conducted a study on 4,400 adults. They found that those who consume artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) a day are more prone to the risk of catching stroke and dementia than those who consume sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB).
The participants filled out a series of a detailed questionnaire on their food and drink intake in the 1990s; the answers served as the data provided by the Framingham Heart Study. Ten years later, scientists found that the adults who had one or more diet drinks a day are 2.9 times more likely to catch dementia and three times more at risk of having stroke compare to those adults who consumed less than one week.
ASBs (Artificially-sweetened beverages) contains synthetic sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin. Such sweeteners are more potent than sucrose sugar and only needs a small amount to sweeten.
Although the study did not find any link between sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) to stroke or dementia, this certainly does not mean they are a healthy option.
It is highly recommended that people drink water on a daily basis instead of ASBs and SSBs.
Aside from dementia and stroke, studies also found that people taking ASBs are more prone to diabetes. Although the scientist havent found an association between the two, it is still possible that people with diabetes mellitus were more likely consuming diet beverages.
The authors of these study acknowledge that their conclusions do not and cannot prove cause and effect. Many risk factors can increase and individuals likelihood of developing stroke and dementia such as age, hypertension, diabetes, and genetics.
More research is needed to the study the health effects of these beverages so that consumers are also aware and can be informed choices concerning their healths.
The study still contains little data on the effects and the scientists still do not understand the mechanisms and reported several inconsistencies of the study. However, they had speculated that ASBs could affect blood vessels triggering stroke and dementia.
The study was still ongoing, this is just a reminder that we do have options to also help the world be better and healthier for all of us. Hopefully, our scientists can give us specific answers to the effects of these type of beverages. In the meantime, let us remind our selves that water should be irreplaceable in our diet. Water is life and water is cleansing.
Lets take good care of our body so it can take care of us.