We have often been told that drinking too many soft drinks is bad for our health, and now, a new study published in the journal Respirology has found more health problems associated with it. Researchers have uncovered that too much soda consumption can lead to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

They came to this conclusion after doing computer-assisted telephone interviews on 16, 907 participants aged 16 and above. Results revealed that 1 in 10 adults consume more than half a liter of soft drinks each day. Among those adults, 13.3 percent had asthma while 15.6 percent had COPD. The study also found that the more you drink, the higher your chances of developing these diseases.

Now there are times when we can’t help but treat ourselves to a fizzy drink or two, but we should make the effort to replace soft drinks with water as often as we can. Prevention is still better than cure.

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