A New Reason to Kick the Cola Habit: Your Lungs
Soda, pop, cola: whatever you call it, you might want to rethink it as your drink of choice. A new study from Australia links the bubbly beverage to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Researchers surveyed close to 17,000 people about their daily consumption of Coke, lemonade, flavored mineral water, Powerade, and Gatorade, and all other types of soda. People who drank more than two cups a day were at higher risk of airway disease: 13.3 percent had asthma and 15.6 percent had COPD.
Researchers noted that cola drinkers are more likely to be obese and theorized that these pop-devotees might make other poor food choices that exacerbate the problem.
Read more about the study here.
And tell us: will you start counseling your patients about their soda consumption?