Another Reason to Think Twice Before Sipping That Soda
Before you reach for that can of soda, think again. In addition to the fact that soda has been linked to obesity and heart disease, a new study out of Australia will make you think twice before consuming another fizzy glass.
The University of Adelaide in Australia has released a study preliminarily showing that soda can lead to an increased risk of lung disease. The study monitored 16,907 adults with an average age of 46.7 regarding their soda intake. It was determined that those people that consumed at least half of a liter of soft drinks consisting of soda, lemonade, flavored water and sports drinks, resulted in a higher risk of developing asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD. The participants in the study that drank one half liter or more of soda and other soft drinks per day were 14.7% more likely to develop a lung disease than those that didn't who were 11.9% likely to develop such a condition.
While the study is preliminary, the researchers involved are quick to point out that soda alone might not be the sole reason for the increased risk in developing lung disease. According to Dr. David Katz, the director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, in response to an interview with MedPage Today, "High soda intake is a good marker for poor overall diet, and poor overall attention to health."
According to the researchers involved in the study, "There exists a dose-response relationship, which means the more soft drink one consumes, the higher the chance of having these diseases" reported in the journal Respirology, where the study resulted were reported.
The study also demonstrated a link between soda consumption, smoking and an increased risk of lung disease. According to study results, smokers who consumed more than half of a liter of soda or other soft drinks per day were 6.6% more likely to develop COPD than those that did not smoke and drink soda.
Should you turn your back on your favorite soft drinks? Researchers are quick to advise that the study did not prove causality since they suspected that an overall unhealthy diet and lifestyle might be contributing to the health problems faced by study participants. Nonetheless, curbing your reliance on sugary soft drinks might be a healthy choice.