Soda Ages Body as Much as SMOKING – Cutting 4 Years?

Soda Ages Body as Much as SMOKING – Cutting 4 Years?

According to a recent study the consumption of fizzy drinks will do more than just make you fat, it accelerates the aging of tissues.  A study completed by American scientists and published in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that consuming the equivalent of 2 cans of soda per day accelerated aging of DNA cells by 4.6 years.

5,300 healthy adults in the United States between the ages of 20 and 65 participated in the study. The participants had no prior history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease. It was concluded that those that consume soda on a daily basis had accelerated biological age.

The study focused on a part of chromosomes called telomeres which have previously been linked to human lifespan. Telomeres are found at the end of chromosomes and help protect DNA. Telomeres naturally get shorter as we age which can result in damage to the DNA.

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Shorter telomeres can increase one’s chances of developing several age related diseases including, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Scientists at the University of California in San Francisco say that soda physically shortens telomeres decreasing life cycle and can lead to development of some forms of cancer.

Researchers stated in the American Journal of Public Health that the effect of soda on telomeres is similar to that of smoking!

Dr. Cindy Leung, also of the university, said: ‘It is critical to understand both dietary factors that may shorten telomeres, as well as dietary factors that may lengthen telomeres.
‘Here it appeared that the only beverage consumption that had a measurable negative association with telomere length was consumption of sugared soda.’