It turns out soda — that unhealthy, yet delicious drink — may cut years off your life!
A new report released by the University of California San Francisco says the sugary fizz may impact the health of people as much as smoking does.
The researchers studied the white blood cells in healthy adults and their telomeres, which are the ends of chromosomes.
Telomeres become shorter over time due to cell division. To summarize: the longer the telomere, the healthier and younger you are.
According to the study, drinking an eight-ounce or 20-ounce soda each day could equal 1.9 years and 4.6 years of extra aging, respectively, thus possibly shortening those telomeres.
So next time you want to order a coke at the movie theater, you may want to reach for water instead.
To read the institution’s full research, click here.
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