Six Ways Soda is Destroying Your Health

Six Ways Soda is Destroying Your Health

Your choice of beverage may affect your life insurance quote as the bubbly beverage creates unrealized health risks. Read these six ways soda is destroying your health.

 

Soda Can Increase Diabetes Risk 

Soda is high in sugar, which can increase the risk of diabetes. Researchers for a 2014 edition of the British Journal of Nutrition reviewed 11 studies concerned with the relationship between soda and type 2 diabetes. Results showed that there was a relationship between the consumption of sugar-sweetened soda and the risk of type 2 diabetes. The relationship between soda consumption and diabetes was slightly weakened after adjusting for body mass index. In a 2013 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with an increased diabetes risk among women. This association remained significant even after controlling for body mass index. Unfortunately, diet soda isn't any safer than its sugary counterpart. Researchers for a 2009 study in Diabetes Care found that consuming diet soda daily increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 67 percent. Diet soda was also associated with higher fasting blood sugar levels. Among those with diabetes, diet soda is linked to higher A1c levels, which are a measure of average blood sugar over the preceding 2-3 month period, according to the results of a 2006 study in the Annals of Epidemiology

Soda Consumption Linked to Heart Disease 

The sugar in soda can also increase the risk of heart disease. In a study of men, researchers for a 2012 edition of Circulation found that those who consumed the most sugary beverages had a 20 percent increased risk of heart disease compared to those who consumed the least. Those who consumed sugary beverages also had higher levels of artery-clogging triglycerides and lower levels of healthy HDL-cholesterol. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found similar risks for women. In fact, women who consumed just one sugar-sweetened beverage per day had a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease. Those who consumed two or more drinks per day had a 35 percent higher risk. 

Weight Gain Likely with Soda Consumption 

The high calorie and sugar content in soda can wreak havoc on your waistline. A 2015 study in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that women who consumed sugar-sweetened soda gained more weight during a 4-year period than did women who consumed diet soda or no soda. In fact, women who consumed sugary soda gained an average of nearly 6 pounds during the 4-year-study. The risk of weight gain remained even after taking physical activity levels into consideration. In 2006, researchers for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reviewed 30 different studies concerned with the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain. They found that over the long-term, the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks increases the risk of weight gain and obesity in children and adults.


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Harmful Chemicals Found in Soda

Soda contains a number of potentially harmful chemicals, one of which is phosphoric acid, commonly found in darker colas such as Pepsi. Phosphoric acid has been linked with low calcium levels in the blood, which can cause problems with the functioning of muscles and nerve cells. In a 1999 study of post-menopausal women, researchers for the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology found that the consumption of sodas containing phosphoric acid was higher among women with low calcium levels. Consuming one or more bottles of soda per day increased the risk of low calcium levels by 28 percent, per the study. Diet sodas contain another potentially harmful chemical called aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener. In recent years, there have been suspicions that aspartame may cause cancer. In fact, researchers for a 2006 edition of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that aspartame increased the risk of several types of cancer among both male and female rats when it was administered consistently over the long-run. 

Kidney Disease Related to Soda Consumption 

Sugary soda is also linked to kidney disease, according to a 2014 study in Nephrology. Results showed that those who consumed sugar-sweetened soda were 58 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than were those who did not consume soda. A 2007 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reached similar results. In this study of 932 participants, the risk of chronic kidney disease was 2.3 times higher among those who drank at least 2 colas per day. 

Soda Associated with Aging 

Sipping on sugary soda could speed up your body's aging process. A 2014 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that drinking sugar-sweetened soda was associated with a shorter telomere length. Telomeres, which are found on the ends of cells, shorten as a person ages, and longer telomeres are associated with a healthier aging process. To avoid premature aging and other ill health effects of soda, switch to bottled water or unsweetened tea. Your improved health will be much more enjoyable than any can of fizzy, bubbly soda. 

About the author: Sonny Choun is part of our Marketing Team here at Pivot Insurance. He enjoys playing outdoor sports, bowling with friends, and spending time with family. His talent and expertise are a reflection of the Pivot culture. He believes life insurance is an essential part of a family's financial security. Sonny can be contacted at 1-800-651-1953 or schoun@sbsb.com. 

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