An alarming trend concerning children developing diseases due to drinking soda has many parents looking for other ways to keep their children away from these soft drinks. It isn’t just kids however who are at risk, as soft drinks have quickly become the popular beverage for adults to wash down their fast foods or grab while on the run. According to the American Diabetes Association, these sugary drinks are putting people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People who consume one or more cans of soda a day have a 25% greater risk of developing diabetes than those who avoid drinking soda.
Consider this list of nine diseases caused by drinking soda and why you should consider drinking something that is healthier for your body:
1. Liver Disease
According to studies that were released by Web-MD, many people who consume soda on a regular basis are at greater risk for developing liver cirrhosis. Chronic alcoholics are prone to this severe liver disease, so when people consuming large quantities of soda began exhibiting signs of this disease, it raised serious concerns. Many patients consuming the soda every day were completely surprised how damaging the sugar to the liver would eventually be. By consuming up to two cans of soda each day, you are putting your liver at risk of getting this serious disease.
You do not have to consume too much soda to begin down the path to obesity, in fact, drinking one can of soda each day equals a pound of weight gain each month. According to research conducted at Harvard School of Public Health by Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, decreasing soda intake has a dramatic impact on reducing obesity-related diseases. Diet sodas are even more likely to cause significant weight gain because the artificial sweeteners in those drinks trigger hormonal and physiologic responses that cause you to gain weight.
3. Heart Disease
People who consume large amounts of soda are more at risk of developing heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, drinking one can of soda every day increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. This group of symptoms ranges from elevated blood pressure, central obesity, and lower levels of good cholesterol. These symptoms put you at risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Studies conducted by the AHA showed 40,000 men who drank soda for two decades had a 20% higher risk of having heart attacks or death from heart attack.