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Sugary Soda Intake & Cellular Aging: You're Damaging Your Cells

Summary: Researchers found that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas increased cellular aging of your tissues.
Air Date: 2/6/15
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Sugary Soda Intake & Cellular Aging: You're Damaging Your Cells
You might already be aware of the damage sugary drinks pose to your waistline, your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, but did you know it could also be damaging your telomere?

Telomeres help protect your chromosomes from deterioration, and are located at the end of each of your chromosomes. They help your cells' chromosomes from melding together and creating an abnormality, which could lead to disease or cancer.

A study published in The American Journal of Public Health back in October 2014 found that by drinking sugary sodas, you're shortening the life of your telomeres.

Researchers looked at 5,309 men and women between the ages of 20 and 65 that had previously enrolled in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Researchers compared white blood cell telomere length and responses to the survey that included sugary-sweetened soda.

Researchers found that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas increased cellular aging of tissues.

What are some ways you can reduce cellular aging?
  • Stop drinking sugary sodas
  • Get enough sleep
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat wholesome and nutritious foods
  • Reduce stress

Are there any nutrients you can take?
  • Black tea
  • Grape seed extract
Dr. Mike discusses this study, if you should stop drinking sugary-sweetened sodas, and how you can avoid damaging your telomeres.

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