Sugary drinks are known to lead to weight gain, but recent studies involving rats have revealed that they can cause changes in the brain which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and cancer.
The connection between sugary drinks and cardiovascular problems, diabetes and weight gain has been well established. However, research into the brain activity is a relatively new phenomenon. The study revealed hyperactivity in rats after being given sugary drinks and healthcare professional Jane Franklin says: “Hyperactivity is a physical sign that something unusual is happening in the brain.”
The New Scientist revealed that thirty per cent of the changed proteins are linked to conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. Whilst this study does not categorically claim that these protein changes are causing associated diseases, it is sign that the link needs to be examined more closely.
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