If you have a penchant for drinking sugary sodas, you might be raising your risk for kidney disease, new research suggests.
Employees at a university in Japan who consumed more than two sodas a day were more likely to have protein in their urine when compared to those who had fewer or no sodas on a daily basis. Protein in the urine is considered an early, but reversible, marker of kidney damage.
The new study showed an association between drinking soda and an increased risk of kidney damage, but it didn’t necessarily prove that soda is the culprit.
The study included more than 12,000 university employees who underwent their annual check-ups at their health center. As part of the exam, their urine was tested for evidence of protein.