As if obesity and rotting teeth weren’t enough to get you to stop drinking soda, a new study suggesting that soda drinkers have an increased risk of developing a chronic breathing condition just might do the trick. A new study out of the University of Adelaide has shown that too many fizzy drinks can lead to an increased risk of developing asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

The study analyzed the health and soda drinking habits of 16,907 people age 16 or older in southern Australia between 2008 and 2010, and the results found that people who consumed at least a half a liter of soft drinks a day were more than twice as likely to develop either breathing condition compared with those who stayed away from soda altogether. The researchers were also able to establish an association between guzzling too many soft drinks and lung disease.

According to the research:

“The amount of soft drink consumption is associated with an increased chance of asthma and or COPD. There exists a dose-response relationship, which means the more soft drink one consumes, the higher the chance of having these diseases.”

Looks like just one more reason to kick your soda habit to the curb this year.

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