House Calls

SUM 2017

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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B y now, it's common knowledge that soda is unhealthy—the sweet stuff is void of vitamins and minerals, laden with calories and sugar, and has been linked to tooth decay, diabetes, and an increased risk for obesity. But if you've ditched regular soda for artificially sweetened "diet" or "zero" varieties, you'll want to take note. A study published earlier this year in the journal Stroke found that people who consumed one or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were nearly 2.96 times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke and 2.89 times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease than those who drank less than one a week. The study did not prove causality and was released with a number of caveats (such as a sweeping majority of the more than 2,500 people studied were Caucasian, and the occurrence of dementia and stroke among the group overall was very low). Even so, researchers stress that the correlation is worth noting, and strongly recommend opting for water in lieu of soda of any sort. A new study links diet soda to both stroke and dementia h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2017 } 15 Crush the Can Artificial sweeteners consumed by participants in the study included aspartame and acesulfame-K, both of which are included in Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi, and Fresca .

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