Ditch carbonated drinks if you want to live longer, suggests study

A new study found that drinking soda daily increases your risk of dying from any cause

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Soda lover? Can’t go a day without cooling down via a carbonated drink? Or is soda just your go-to beverage? You might want to reconsider.

That’s because according to a new study, people who drink two or more glasses of any kind of soda on a daily basis has a higher chance of dying from any cause of death.

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Published recently in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the study reportedly followed more or less 450,000 people from 10 European countries for a period of 19 years to gather the data. Furthermore, none of these people had heart disease, stroke, cancer or diabetes before they started participating.

Per the data, those who drank two or more glasses of soda or sugar-sweetened soft drinks had a higher risk of developing digestive disorders, while those who drank the same amount of diet drinks had a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

This puts another notch on the record for soda, which previously, had already been the subject of numerous studies that all concluded it should be consumed in moderation due to its unhealthy content. These studies have linked it to various conditions, such as heart disease, clot-based strokes, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

“Experimental evidence suggests that high blood sugar and high sugar intake can impair the gut barrier, leading to a ‘leaky gut’ and access to the gut immune system causing intestinal inflammation, alter gut microbiota and increase susceptibility to gut infections,” Dr Sharon Horesh Bergquist, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, who believes this new link between soda and digestive diseases is interesting, said. “These pathways may increase susceptibility to digestive diseases.”

Interestingly enough, soft drink consumption is also associated with an increased risk in developing Parkinson’s disease. It is not, however, associated with neither cancer nor Alzheimer’s.

Nevertheless, the authors of the study admit that the study was merely to show the connection of diet and sugary beverages with health risks. As such, it can’t show cause and effect.

With that being said, cutting back on these drinks and choosing healthier options is always a good idea, and is still highly recommended.

Source: Medical Daily