risks of soda

  1. Soda ups kidney risk

    Sugary drinks can lead to kidney stones

    I've given you 1,000 reasons to skip soda over the years. Today, I've got reason #1,001: kidney stones.

    Now, already 1 in 10 can expect to get these things. And plenty of you have already had them (you probably started squirming the moment you saw the "kidney stones" in the headline if that's you).

    If you're not among the victims -- yet -- then quit the soda ASAP, because a new study of close to 200,000 people finds that just one sugary drink per day will increase your risk of getting stoned by nearly a quarter.

    I don't care how much you love cola or fruit punch, that's a risk you shouldn't be taking -- because while many things in life don't live up to the hype, kidney stones aren't one of them.

    (But whatever you do DON'T fall into the trap of switching to diet soda. That poison in a can might even be worse than the full sugar stuff. In fact, it's been linked to diabetes. Surprised? Click here to learn more.)

    A kidney stone, if you're unfamiliar, is a small and jagged stone, sharp like a piece of glass, that bounces around in your kidney. Each time it hits the kidney wall, you feel like you've been stabbed from the inside.

    Think that's bad? HA! That's just the beginning -- it still has to get out. How do you think that happens? Very painfully, with a trip through the urethra and out the front door.

    Yes, now you're squirming, too.

    On the other hand, once a kidney stone passes, you're done (at least 'til the next one comes along). Some of the other side effects of soda are a lot tougher to shake: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and more.

    Now, the media accounts of the new study include the inevitable mainstream know-it-alls claiming the best way to avoid stones is to drink water until you feel like you've got a fishbowl strapped to your belly.

    This is nonsense.

    You can avoid stones without drinking a drop of water if you don't want to. Coffee and tea, for example, can actually slash the risk of stones. And unlike soda (or water, for that matter), coffee and tea are both delicious and packed with antioxidants.

  2. Soda linked to deadly cancers

    Men who drink soda face deadlier prostate cancers

    If you drink soda, you pretty much have a death wish to begin with -- and it's a wish that can come true in so many ways thanks to the sweeteners, chemicals, and actual poisons found in each can, bottle, and plastic cup.

    And now, new research adds yet another way soda can grant that (death) wish: prostate cancer.

    I'm not talking about harmless run-of-the mill prostate cancers here either, men. You already know those tumors don't even need to be screened, much less treated.

    But every now and then, a tumor comes along that really can kill you -- and these deadly cancers love soda more than Honey Boo Boo loves her "go-go juice."

    These cancers are thankfully rare. But they're less rare among men who drink soda -- much less rare, because the study finds that men who guzzle just 11 ounces a day are 40 percent more likely to get them.

    That's not a lot of soda, men. That's less than a single can of cola a day -- and about a third of what you'll find in a "normal" Big Gulp (and let's not even talk about Double Gulp, Super Gulp and all the other bucket-sized Gulps out there).

    If I had to pick an ingredient in soda responsible for tumors, I wouldn't have to think very long. It'd be the sugar. Whether it's common high-fructose corn syrup or old-fashioned cane sugar, cancers love the stuff.

    But the other carbs that cause blood sugar to spike can also have an effect on tumors -- and in the new study, everything from breakfast cereals to potatoes increased the odds of prostate tumors by anywhere from a little less than a third to a little more.

    Unlike the tumors fueled by soda, these were the harmless garden-variety prostate cancers. But you'd have to be on a sugar high to deliberately increase your risk of any of them.

    Easy answer here is to follow my diet advice and bring the sugars down to near zero and reduce or eliminate the rest of the carbs.

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    And if the cancer threat alone isn't enough to steer you away from sugars, keep reading.

  3. How soda may worsen your osteoarthritis

    Men with knee osteoarthritis who down sugary drinks may suffer more severe damage than men who avoid soft drinks, even when they're not obese.

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