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Studies have consistently shown how unhealthy soda is- it increases obesity, it has a high amount of calories, crazy amounts of sugar, and unnatural additives. But what else is soda doing to our bodies?

According to the Center for Disease Control, about 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese and many studies suggest that soda plays a huge role in that. Just by cutting out soda, people can significantly lose weight and help relieve other health issues. Remember these 8 ways soda can hurt you rather than help before taking another sip...

Ages your cells prematurely: Drinking soda can actually shorten your life by 4.6 years according to a recent study by the University of California. It can also lead to heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

High risk of type 2 diabetes: Drinking soda contributes to unhealthy weight gain but it also increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent if you are a heavy soda drinker. 

Higher risk of gout: Drinking soda can increase the risk of gout in women. In a study of 80,000, those who drank soda had a 75 percent higher risk than those who seldom drank.

Higher risk of a heart attack: A 2012 study found that male soda drinkers had an increased risk of coronary heart disease and those who drink an average of one can of soda a day were 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack.

Obesity: Soda is the single largest source of added sugar in diets in the U.S. Two out of three adults are obese.

Causes nerve disorders: It’s scary but there’s a very hazardous chemical in certain sodas called brominated vegetable oil (BVO). It’s used as a flame retardant in plastics. It’s been associated with memory loss and nerve disorders.

Changes your metabolism: Soda significantly changers your metabolism, making it more difficult to lose weight and burn fat.

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