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

Newsweek (7/24, Gander) 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.

Information about the ADA’s nutrition-related activities is available at ADA.org/nutrition. Dentists can refer patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for up-to-date and evidenced-based information about nutrition, including information about how sugary drinks affect dental health. In addition, the 11th edition of Chairside Instructor (W013) covers the effects of sugar on oral health, among other prevention and treatment topics.

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