Consuming Sugary Drinks May Increase Risk For Alzheimer’s Disease, Research Suggests

Newsweek reports that new research suggests “drinking sugary soda could raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.” The article reports that “scientists at Columbia University of New York studied rates of Alzheimer’s disease in older people and found a link between sugary drinks and the neurodegenerative condition,” although “more research is needed to prove whether Alzheimer’s is caused by these drinks.” The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018.

Sugary drinks (including sodas) has been the focus of much research in many areas of healthcare, and for many good reasons. Sugars have many deleterious (negative) effects on our bodies, from our brains to our GI systems to our teeth to muscle strength and more.

When legislation is finally in effect that will require the food industry to label the percent daily allowance of sugars that are present in any particular food, I believe this will raise awareness and over the long run, help people make better choices of what they eat, and ultimately, change the food industry for the better.