What Happens To You When You Can’t Stop Drinking Soft Drinks?

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  • A study that looked at the data of more than 450,000 people provides another evidence of the dangers of consuming soft drinks
  • Drinking sugary soda is also linked to weight gain and type 2 diabetes
  • The findings support the idea that people should avoid consuming soft drinks

Health experts have long warned about the ill effects of consuming soft drinks and more so when these beverages are consumed regularly. Findings of a study conducted by researchers in Europe now adds another evidence of the dangers of consuming these drinks.

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In a study that looked at the data of more than 450,000 people, Amy Mullee, from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science at the University College Dublin in Ireland, and colleagues found that people who drank two or more glasses of soft drinks per day had a higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with those who drank less than one glass of soft drinks per month.

The researchers also found a positive correlation between consuming two or more glasses of soft drinks per day with deaths from circulatory diseases. Consumption of one or more glasses of these drinks per day was also positively linked to mortality from digestive diseases.

The findings support the idea that people need to avoid consuming soft drinks.

“In this population-based cohort study of 451?743 individuals from 10 countries in Europe, greater consumption of total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine in September 2019. “Results of this study appear to support ongoing public health measures to reduce the consumption of soft drinks.”

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Drinking sugary soda is also linked to weight gain and is believed to be the leading dietary cause of type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by increased blood sugar levels because of insulin resistance or deficiency.

The sugar and acids in these beverages can also create a highly acidic environment in the mouth that can make the teeth vulnerable to decay.