Now Soda Pop Will Hasten Your Demise

I never quite know how to take these pronouncements that come up with disheartening frequency. Is it researchers with too much time on their hands or worse, researchers with some kind of axe to grind? One never can be entirely sure when every bloody thing we ingest is "tied to" or "contributes to" or is "associated with" one deadly thing or another. Now it's a daily soda pop shortening the telomeres in our cells....
The researchers calculated daily consumption of a 20-ounce pop is associated with 4.6 years of additional biological aging. The effect on telomere length is comparable to that of smoking, they said. "This finding held regardless of age, race, income and education level," researcher Elissa Epel said in a press release.

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