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Popular Drinks That May Cause Lasting Damage to Your Kidneys: TLGS findings

Unfortunately, many popular drinks—some of which you may be consuming every day—can have serious side effects on your kidneys, potentially leading to major kidney damage over time. Read on to discover which drinks could put your kidney health in jeopardy in the long run.


If you want to protect your kidney health, you might want to consider cutting those sugar-sweetened sodas from your diet now. A 2016 study published in the journal Nephrology found that, among 2,382 participants in the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study, those who drank more than four sugar-sweetened soft drinks a week had more than double the risk of developing kidney disease than those who drank half a serving of soda or less each week.


With high sugar content and ample calories, the juice is no friend to your waistline—or your kidneys. Among participants in the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study, individuals who drank sugar-sweetened drinks have significantly higher rates of chronic kidney disease than those who rarely drank sugary beverages.


Yuzbashian, E.Asghari, G.Mirmiran, P.Zadeh-Vakili, A., and Azizi, F. (2016Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and risk of incident chronic kidney disease: Tehran lipid and glucose studyNephrology21608– 616. doi: 10.1111/nep.12646.
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