Sugar-sweetened beverages associated with older biological age | Elissa Epel

Parent Episode: Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

Sugar-sweetened beverages have long been implicated in weight gain and nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes. But the effects of liquid sugar extend to longevity, as well. In fact, consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with dramatically accelerated telomere shortening – equivalent to as much as five years of a person's life. In this clip, Dr. Elissa Epel discusses the harmful effects of what she calls a "toxic lifestyle," one that includes the consumption of sugary drinks.

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