High calorie counts, insane amounts of added sugar, and unnatural additives. We all know soda is by no means healthy. It has become a major focus in the media and public health policies for good reason. America is faced with a grave issue, obesity. According to the CDC, close to 35% of U.S. adults are obese, and studies suggest, soda may play a large role in that frightening number.
Have you looked at the back of a soda can lately? Half of the ingredients are unpronounceable and the calorie count, unbearable. And diet soda? Even worse. Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have found that older adults who drink soda daily have a 44 percent higher chance of heart attack.
Numerous studies and evidence prove that soft drinks are connected to far too many life threatening diseases. And along with these diseases come shorter life spans. But, the empty shelves at bodegas, and blinking red ‘sold out’ scroll on vending machines are small proofs that soda is still the beverage choice for millions of people. So, here we’ve compiled a list of the 8 reasons you NEED to stop drinking soda, because as science proves, it may actually be killing you.
A new study by researchers at the University of California has determined that soda is actually shortening your life by 4.6 years. The study looks at the sugary drink outside of it’s known relationship with obesity and found that it actually ages your cells. The findings reported in American Journal of Public Health show telomeres, or the protective units of DNA, were much in white blood cells of people who drink more soda. This type of health issue has been found to develop diseases associated to aging including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancer types.
Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
A study published in Diabetes Care found that aside from additional weight gain, regularly drinking soda increases a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26% more than those who drink soda more sparingly. This risk was found to develop in those often drinking 1-2 servings of soda a day.