Sugary drinks may increase your risk for stroke and dementia

Sugary drinks may increase your risk for stroke and dementia

WSFA/NBC - There's another reason why you might want to think twice about drinking a lot of sodas or sugary fruit juices.

New research shows it could be affecting the way you think. There's more evidence that frequently gulping down sugary beverages could be bad for your brain.

The latest data from the Framingham Heart study in Massachusetts suggests that people who frequently drink sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have a poorer memory as well as smaller overall brain volumes.

Matthew Pase headed up the study and said, "We found that those people who were consuming diet soda on a daily basis were three times as likely to develop both stroke and dementia within the next 10 years as compares to those who did not drink diet soda."

Four thousand Framingham residents 30 or older were monitored for this study and the findings appear separately in the Journal Alzheimer's and Dementia and the Journal Stroke.

Researchers suggest this shows why people should at least be cautious about regularly consuming either diet sodas or sugary beverages.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News/NBC. All rights reserved.