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Diet drinks linked to stroke, dementia

Press Association logoPress Association 4 days ago By Jane Kirby, Press Association Health Editor

People who consume diet drinks every day are almost three times more likely to suffer a stroke or dementia, research suggests.

Having at least one diet drink a day increased the risk compared to consuming less than one diet drink a week, a study has found.

However, researchers found no link between sugary drinks and an increased risk of stroke and dementia, though they warned people not to view sugary drinks as a "healthy option".

Due to the fact that the study is observational and based on food questionnaires, they said further studies are needed on the links between drinks, dementia and stroke.

The new research, published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, is based on data for more than 4300 people taking part in the Framingham Heart Study.

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