If anyone out there is an avid drinker of sugary sodas, then I would say that if they stopped drinking soda altogether that they would start to see improvements in their health overall. A study published in the American Journal of Public health reports what they found on their study of the effects of drinking large amounts of sugary soft drinks.
The study was done by the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and according to what they found; drinking high levels of regular soft drinks may lead to premature aging of immune cells. It would expose the body to risks similar to the effects of smoking. In the study researchers observed about 5,300 participants. The subjects ranged in age from 20-65 years old, and they did not have a prior history of heart disease or diabetes. People that drank large amounts of soda were more likely to have shorter telomores. Telomeres are protective DNA that caps the ends of cell chromosomes in white blood cells. These effects on the telomere length were the same effects that smoking had on them while regularly exercising had the opposite effect.
I hate to keep on using my brother-in-law as an example in my blogs, but he was someone that drank a lot of pop. When I say a lot of pop, I mean at least a couple of liters a day. I am happy to say that he has stopped drinking soda all together, and that has had a dramatic effect on his life. He has already dropped 15 pounds, and I have also noticed he isn’t always tired the way he used to be. It’s amazing what a small change can do. Now he, of course, also has been using 3-4 times a week. Now if someone would do something about his clothes. I like to tease about his taste in clothes, but if you start taking fashion advice from me, you know you are in big trouble.
Dr. Shah, MD