Aging too quickly? Put down the soda

October 20, 2014 7:14 PM

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Soda may be contributing to the aging process, playing a role in encouraging cell death, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). This new study suggested regular consumption of sugary sodas can decrease lifespan by up to 4.6 years.

Telomeres, protective caps of DNA that cover chromosomes within cells, were found to be shorter among those who regularly drink soda than those who do not. Maintenance of these structures is an essential function in healthy cells.

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