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Drinking sugar-sweetened soda linked to cellular aging
Telomeres are the regions of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes; telomeres are shortened during each cell division as DNA is replicated, so telomere shortening is an indicator of cellular aging. White blood cell telomere length was measured in DNA samples from over 5000 American adults and analyzed according to dietary habits. The researchers found that telomeres were shorter in those who reported drinking more soda, suggesting that, in addition to their other known deleterious health effects, sugary drinks accelerate cellular aging.
Leung CW, Laraia BA, Needham BL, et al. Soda and Cell Aging: Associations Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Leukocyte Telomere Length in Healthy Adults From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Am J Public Health. 2014 Oct 16:e1-e7.