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All types of sugar including fruit juices increase risk of dementia by 33% – warns study

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According to experts, adding two and a half tablespoons of sugar to tea increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A group of scientists from Columbia University found that adding two and a half tablespoons of sugar to tea may be associated with the development of dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease and one of the most common forms of “senile dementia”.

The conclusions of the scientists are based on the results of a study in which 2226 people took part, who did not have signs of dementia.

All of them completed a survey in which they answered questions about the amount of sugar consumed.

Of more than two thousand respondents, 429 people developed senile dementia within seven years. It turned out that they all added 30.3 grams of sugar to their food daily. 

Thus, their risk of developing the disease was 33 percent increased compared with those who ate 5.8 grams of sugar per day.

Also, experts came to the conclusion that the consumption of fruit juices increases the risk of developing the disease by 27 percent, and sugary carbonated drinks – by 54 percent.

Too much sugar is linked to Type 2 diabetes and our previous research has identified Type 2 as a risk factor for dementia.

This study backs up this evidence, suggesting excess sugar may increase our risk of Alzheimer’s, and all types of sugar – from fruit juice to lemonade – have the same impact.

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