0

Tag: dementia

Congenital Heart Disease Increases Dementia Risk

A recent study published in Circulation indicates that people with congenital heart disease showed an elevated risk for dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, compared with the general population. A press release published by Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark stated: “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects have a higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood such as epilepsy and autism, but this is… the first study to examine the potential for dementia later in adult life.”

Researchers analyzed data from 10,632 patients with congenital heart disease who were alive at 30 years old, and retrieved data from patients diagnosed with congenital heart disease between 1963 and 1974. Data was used from both medical records review and the Danish National Patient Registry; each patient with congenital heart disease was matched with 10 patients from the general population.

Read more

Share onShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someone

Stroke & Dementia Risk Grows with Intake of Artificial Sweeteners

Diet sodas are gaining negative attention yet again, and for good reason. A recent study found that consuming a daily can of sugar-free soda is associated with higher risks of suffering a stroke or developing dementia. Heavily sugared drinks already had a bad rap for causing a myriad of health issues such as weight gain, liver damage, kidney stones, diabetes, and heart disease. This study has refreshed the concern for disease risk in those that believe diet soda is a suitable replacement.

Researchers found that drinking one diet soda a day is associated with a 2.96 times more likely chance of suffering an ischaemic stroke and a 2.89 times higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s. While it would be irresponsible to imply that artificial sweeteners actually cause stroke or dementia (proving causation is very difficult in health studies) it is important to acknowledge the study’s warning. There is a correlation between artificial sweeteners and the increased risk of dementia and stroke that’s very concerning. It’s certainly an added consideration that keeps me far away from diet sodas.

Read more

Share onShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someone