Does Too Much Soda Pop Affect the Kidneys?

March 26, 2010

Does Too Much Soda Pop Affect the Kidneys?

I get this question a lot. In short, the answer is yes, but let me explain further. We must consider whether the soda pop is diet or not. High calorie soda equals lots of calories. Lots of calories a day equals weight gain. Drinking only one can of soda pop daily can lead to five to 10 pounds of weight gain per year. If you gain weight you are at risk for sugar diabetes. Diabetes type 2, adult onset diabetes, is the number one reason in addition to high blood pressure why peoples’ kidneys fail and they need to go on kidney dialysis.

Sidebar: There was a recent study that came out which suggested that women need to exercise approximately 1 hour daily just to maintain their current weight. Therefore, in order to lose weight, you need to alter your caloric intake.

Diet soda frequently has caffeine. Caffeine is a natural diuretic, so you may urinate more, but that shouldn’t adversely affect the kidneys. What most people don’t appreciate, is that diet soda has a lot of sodium. Some have argued, that this makes you more thirsty. High levels of sodium in the diet lead to hypertension. As we just talked about, high blood pressure can lead to kidney failure and the need for kidney dialysis. So plain old water is the best option to quench the thirst.

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