JAN 29, 2016 09:25 AM PST

Here's What Happens If You Drink Nothing But Sodas

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

You probably already know that too much of anything can be a bad thing, especially if that thing is soda. But do you know what happens to your body if sodas are the only liquid you consume?

In 2013, a Monaco woman made international headlines when her doctors discovered she hadn't had a sip of water in 16 years; her only beverage had been the fizzy stuff. Doctors found her potassium levels were dangerously low, causing her to suffer from heart problems and fainting spells. Aside from these conditions, the soda also contributed other health problems, including weight gain and teeth corrosion.

Substituting sodas with diet sodas isn't much of a solution, it turns out. Researchers found that people still suffer weight gain and increase diabetes risk when drinking diet sodas.

The real solution is to reduce your daily intake of the carbonated liquid. Doctors were happy to report that once their patient stopped guzzling sodas, her body chemistry returned to near-normal levels.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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