Just when you think alcohol ages you the most, turns out that soda pop is the biggest threat. In a recent study, they found a strong link between drinking soda pop daily and aging prematurely. In fact, soda may age you as much as smoking.
Hold up, wait a minute!
The American Journal of Public Health found that a daily soda can age your immune cells almost two years. Not only is there a link with diabetes, heart attacks, obesity and higher death rates, but it’s also shown to age the heck out of you. Elissa Epel, PhD and her team analyzed data from 5,309 adults for about 14 years. They found that the people who drank sugary sodas tended to have shorter telomeres (a compound structure at the end of a chromosome). Drinking an 8-ounce daily serving of soda corresponded to 1.9 years of additional aging, and drinking a daily 20-ounce serving was linked to 4.6 more years of aging. The latter, the authors point out, is exactly the same association found between telomere length and smoking. Note, there was no correlation with the diet soda intake.
So what can we do… if soda is your vice and you enjoy it, try cutting back. If cutting back isn’t an option, pick up smoking while you’re at it! Just kidding! Never, ever do that. In all honesty, lessen your intake or quit it all together. Here at Cheeky Complexion, our goal is to look younger longer!