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Ask Dr. Narrett

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August 12th, 2009

Q: My wife drinks diet cola every day with her meals. Is this bad for her health?

A: ' Although a few studies have shown an association between high cola consumption and either decreased bone mineral density or increased fractures in teenagers, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that drinking cola can harm you. Cola can, however, contain significant amounts of caffeine which may adversely affect you in certain instances. You may also be at risk for health problems if cola regularly replaces other nutritious beverages (like juice or milk) in your diet. Talk to your doctor about the possible effects of food or beverages on your health. '

Q: My mother has Alzheimer s disease, and my father feels like it s solely his responsibility to care for her. How can I convince him to get some help?

A:Caring for someone with Alzheimer s disease can be stressful and overwhelming. It is important to ask for and accept help, and there are many resources available for caregivers and families. Your father may want to read the free Caregiver Guide from the National Institute on Aging available at or by calling 1-800-438-4380. More caregiver resources can be found at the Alzheimer s Association s website at or by calling 1-800-272-3900.