Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence metabolic disease development through accelerated cell aging.
This study, published in the Journal of Public Health, analyzed data from 5,300 Americans, ages 20 to 65: those who reported daily soda slurping were found to have significantly stunted telomeres. Telomeres, the little caps at the end of your chromosomes, are essential in regulating the lifespan of your cells, and shorter telomeres have been linked to shorter life spans, diabetes, and cancer.
The scientists examined cross-sectional associations between the consumption of SSBs, diet soda, and fruit juice and telomere length in a nationally representative sample of healthy adults. The study population included 5309 US adults, aged 20 to 65 years, with no history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease, from the 1999 to 2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.
Who still drinks a Sprite daily? A lot of people, apparently. Americans drink 44 gallons of soda a year, according to Beverage Digest, down a 20% since 1998. The negative aging affects didn’t carry over to drinkers of diet soda.