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The #1 Worst Drink to Have After 50, Says Science

This sugar-sweetened beverage is bad news, especially as you age.
FACT CHECKED BY Kiersten Hickman

Your body will continue to change as you age, which means you'll continue to have different needs with each passing year. For example, your skin and bones will begin to change because you'll produce less collagen, and your heart health may change because your valves will begin to stiffen.

It isn't all dreadful news, though, because there are plenty of ways to keep your body healthy and functioning at your personal best. One of the ways we can stay healthy as we age is through the food and drinks we consume.

While there are healthy drinks like water and tea that can help with the aging process, there are drinks that can be unhealthy for you as you age. For example, one of the worst drinks to have after 50 is soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages.

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In a 2014 study from the American Public Health Association, it was found that soda was actually linked to faster aging. The group studied over 5,000 adults and discovered that those who consumed more sugar-filled soft drinks had shorter telomeres, which are located at the end of a chromosome and are related to faster aging.

The final conclusion from the APHA was that consuming soda on a regular basis may contribute to the aging of your cells, which may in turn increase your chances of metabolic disease.

But don't worry, the silver lining is that diet sodas didn't seem to have the same negative effect on the participants' telomeres and aging.

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Drinks that may help with aging

Although there is no miracle drink that will slow your aging process, there are choices that will have far more health benefits and fewer negative side effects than soda.

For example, drinking green tea has been known to speed up metabolism and aid in weight loss and natural cherry juice has been found to help with inflammation. And, of course, it's always important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water every day.

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