A recent study published by the American Journal of Public Health has confirmed that drinking sodas accelerates the aging process dramatically.
Yes, that’s right. Research shows that drinking soft drinks and sugary drinks can actually decrease up to 5 years off your life.
The Washington Post further expands on the aging process that is associated with soda consumption.
“In the past several years, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco, have analyzed stored DNA from more than 5,300 healthy Americans in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from some 14 years ago. And they discovered that those who drank more pop tended to have shorter telomeres.”
Telemores are the tips of chromosomes where aging is slowed or accelerated by various factors. Drinking sodas every day can seriously shorten the telemores, making it more difficult for the cell to regenerate.
The result is early aging.
While it’s true that aging is a natural process, consuming soda accelerates the process unnaturally. In fact, just one 20 oz. soft drink or sugary beverage is linked to 4.6 years of aging, researchers point out.
Most people think that as long they aren’t gaining weight, drinking soda has no effect on their health. The study, however, shows that there is unseen damage happening at the cellular level that shows up in early aging.
Cindy Leung, UCSF postdoctoral fellow and the study’s lead author has pointed out that soft drink consumption negatively effects a person’s lifespan as much as smoking does.
While those “hooked” on sodas and sugary drinks may have a hard time giving up these beverages, replacing them with healthy choices is an important preventive health care practice for better health and longevity.