Clinical Trends for May 2017

Ryan Syrek


May 26, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (April 29 – May 5): Diet Soda Dementia

A study that found a potentially troubling association resulted in this week's top search term. A new study published online in Stroke found that daily consumption of one can or more of diet soda each day was associated with a three-fold increase in risk for stroke and dementia over a 10-year follow-up period. Although the study was observational in design, and thus does not demonstrate a clear cause and effect, the implications may be significant. This is on the heels of another study by the same group, which found a link between consumption of both sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages and reduction in brain volume among middle-aged individuals. Given the popularity of these drinks, this association is one that caught the attention of many users, leading to a surge of related searches.

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