Sodas could be contributing to aging

Sodas could be contributing to aging

A new study revealed that soft drinks could be playing a large role in the aging process due to the fact they encourage cell death. The study was completed by researchers at the University of California in San Francisco. Researchers found that soda consumption can decrease lifespan by up to 4.6 years.

The study compared 5,000 DNA samples of American adults between the ages of 20 and 65 to see if there were similarities between drinking soda and telomere length. Telomeres are protective caps of DNA that cover the chromosomes. They found that individuals who consumed sodas regularly showed shorter telomere than normal. The results held despite matter of age, race, income, or education level. They study was done on individuals who do not have diabetes. Because the study was limited to adults, this telomere shortness may also be more rapid in children who consume soft drinks.

Shorter telomere lengths are commonly associated with high risk for heart disease and diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages have been proven to result in obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  A more shocking result showed that consuming 20 ounces of soda a day or more shortened telomere length at the same rate as smoking tobacco. Regular exercise lengthens the telomere caps about the same rate that sodas shorten them, the study also found.

In order to live a long and healthy life, we suggest cutting the amount of sodas you consume and adding in regular exercise.

Source: Tech Time

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