Soda boosts rheumatoid risk in women
There's just no such thing as a moderate soda habit.
Any soda is too much soda because any amount of soda can do damage inside the body, from rotting your teeth to sending blood sugar levels into orbit -- and that's why even a so-called moderate soda habit can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.
And now, the latest research adds a new risk for women: signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
Just one sugar-sweetened drink a day can increase your risk of seeing signs of rheumatoid arthritis by 71 percent, according to the study presented at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting.
More specifically, a daily soda habit increases the risk of a form of the disease called seropositive rheumatoid -- which is potentially more serious and more painful, and more likely to lead to complications.
Soda drinkers tend to be heavier, and obesity is a risk factor for rheumatoid (although not as big a risk factor as it is for osteoarthritis). But this study finds your weight doesn't matter much if you have a soda habit, as even thin women who drink the stuff have a higher risk of the disease.
The study was on women, who are much more likely to experience signs of rheumatoid arthritis in the first place. But men, don't pop the top on that soda just yet -- because each sugary drink can contribute to another form of arthritis for you.
Just five soft drinks a week can speed the progression of osteoarthritis of the knees in men -- leading to more pain and a greater risk of disability, according to a study I told you about last year.
And once again, weight doesn't make a darn bit of difference here -- only the soda habit. In fact, thin men who drink soda are actually more likely to suffer that loss of joint space.
I'll have more reasons to skip soda in Sunday's House Calls -- but do you really need them? You know it's a bad habit, and you know it's time to quit.
Switch to water or tea instead. And if you need a little fizz with a little flavor, try seltzer infused with fruit.
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