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Major side effects of drinking Soda

Soda has a horrible nutritional reputation, and rightly so. The sweetened beverage, which is usually made up of just sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup), carbonated water, and artificial flavors and colors, has been linked to everything from obesity to dental damage.

However, if you drink too much soda, there's one unexpected side effect that you might not expect—and it's one that can have a long-term impact on your health: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).


According to study, Excessive soda consumption has been linked to the development of NAFLD, a condition in which fat accumulates in the liver. 


The researchers followed a group of 310 patients with NAFLD for 36 months, during which time they compared a subset of 31 patients with NAFLD who lacked other common risk factors for the condition, such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, to a control group. 


Other lifestyle and health factors that may lead to liver disease, such as the use of certain medicines, excessive alcohol consumption, autoimmune diseases, and hepatitis, were also removed from the smaller sample group.


On most days during the study period, 20% of the NAFLD patients in the research's subgroup consumed one sugar-sweetened beverage per day, 40% consumed two to three sugar-sweetened beverages per day, and 40% consumed more than four sugar-sweetened beverages per day.


Researchers discovered that excessive sugar-sweetened beverage consumption was "the sole independent predictor that was able to predict the existence of fatty liver in 82.5 percent of cases" among people without other conventional NAFLD risk factors.


So, how risky is a diagnosis of NAFLD? According to a study published in the journal Hepatology in 2020, all phases of NAFLD are associated with a greater death rate than the general population, with 11.7/1,000 NAFLD patients dying each year compared to a control group.


NAFLD has also been connected to the development of cirrhosis, a type of liver scarring that causes 44,358 deaths in the United States each year.


So, in addition to the weight loss benefits you'll certainly experience from quitting soda, giving up sugary drinks may also help you live a longer, healthier life.

Content created and supplied by: Iamzeeboi (via Opera News )

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