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Drinking just one can of sugary soda a day increases the risk of Alzheimer’s by 47%. And adding just 2-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar to your daily cup of tea can raise the risk of Alzheimer’s by 33%. That’s according to new research from Columbia University.
First of all, sugar triggers inflammation in the body and brain… and when that happens on a daily basis, the brain has a harder time clearing away plaque. That leads to more inflammation – and eventually, damaged neurons and the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Also, there’s a link between Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Because too much sugar can trigger diabetes, which is also a risk factor for dementia. And the Alzheimer’s Association says this new study backs up that evidence, showing excess sugar may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease… and all types of sugar – from fruit juice to soda – have the same effect. So, to protect your brain and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cut WAY back on added sugar.