SHAFAQNA – Sugar speeds up the aging process as much as smoking, according to research conducted at the University of California at San Francisco. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, surveyed data on over 5,300 healthy Americans from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
The research team found that drinking a soda every day costs the body slightly over 4.5 years of aging, the same amount of aging incurred by smokers.
“We think we can get away with drinking lots of soda as long as we are not gaining weight, but this suggests that there is an invisible pathway that leads to accelerated aging, regardless of weight,” psychiatry professor Elissa Epel, senior author of the study, told CBS.
The team also noted that sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks cause cell changes. Every can of soda makes the body’s telomeres, a part of chromosomes associated with aging, shorter, decreasing its life cycle and possibly causing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
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