Drinking 8 Ounces Of Soda Is Equivalent To 2 Years Of Aging

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You already know soda isn’t healthy, but new research shows that the delicious, fizzy drinks are actually aging you.

And it’s not your face, but rather your DNA that’s getting old. Soda wreaks havoc on your telomeres, the caps that fit onto either end of your chromosomes.

The damage of mere months of soda drinking is equivalent to the normal wear and tear one experiences from years of healthy living. As the telomeres wear down, your system begins to break down.

A group of researchers, led by Elissa Epel of the University of California San Francisco, used information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to compare the amount of soda consumed each day to average the telomere length in participants.

Habitual intake of 8 ounces of soda, less than a can, ages telomeres to a degree equivalent to 1.9 years. Regularly drinking 20 ounces of soda, the standard plastic bottle size, results in 4.6 years of aging.

That’s a scary thought.

In past studies, researchers have shown that soda consumption increases risk for diabetes by 26 percent, as well as a 20 percent higher risk of heart attack for men.

It’s time to switch to iced tea, soda fans.

H/T: Vox, Photo Courtesy: We Heart It 

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/8-ounces-soda-equals-2-years-aging/809322/

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