Does Drinking Soda Impact Lifespan?

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Hearing that drinking sugar-sweetened sodas is bad for your health isn’t anything you haven’t heard before. However, did you know that even drinking artificially sweetened sodas may be bad for your health, too? A new study conducted by researchers in Europe showed a link between drinking both sugary sodas and artificially sweetened sodas and dying sooner.

Elderly Care Rockville Center NY - Does Drinking Soda Impact Lifespan?

Elderly Care Rockville Center NY – Does Drinking Soda Impact Lifespan?

How Drinking Soda May Shorten Seniors’ Lives

The study’s senior author was Neil Murphy who is a scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, located in Lyon, France. The study involved in excess of 451,000 people living in 10 different countries in Europe. The average age of the participants was 51. The scientists followed up on the health of the participants for an average of 16 years.

The results of the study showed that regardless of whether the participants drank diet or regular soda, their risk of dying was increased if they drank more than two per day.

In addition, they found:

  • Drinking more than one soda per day as opposed to less than one per month increased the risk of dying from colon cancer or Parkinson’s disease.
  • Drinking more than one sugar sweetened soda daily increased the risk of dying from digestive diseases.
  • Drinking more than one artificially sweetened soda daily increased the risk of dying from circulatory diseases.


The reason for increased death rates among those who drank sugary sodas seems clear to the researchers. Sugary drinks increase the risk of obesity, which is a risk factor for many different diseases. However, they aren’t sure what might be behind the greater death rate for artificially sweetened sodas.

How to Get Seniors to Drink More Water

While drinking a soda once in a while may not be harmful, if your aging relative drinks soda on a regular basis, it may be a good idea to encourage them to drink more water every day.

Some ways to get older adults to drink water are:

Make Water Accessible: Just keeping a glass or bottle of fresh water near your elderly family member may encourage them to drink more.

Try Infused Water: Slice up some fruit or cucumbers and put them in a pitcher with cold water. They will give the water a little flavor and make it more interesting.

Offer Hot Water: Some older adults prefer warm beverages. Try offering a glass of warm or hot water with a little lemon and/or honey.

Elderly care can ensure your older family member drinks more water, which will prevent dehydration. An elderly care provider can place a glass or bottle of water near them and remind them to drink it. They can also refill the water throughout the day. Elderly care providers can also prepare other beverages, including infused water and hot water with lemon.


If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elderly Care Services in Rockville Center NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
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Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.