Okay, we now know that soda is crummy for your kidneys and poor for your pancreas, but a new study in Hepatology shows that high-fructose corn syrup -- found in most sodas -- is also lousy for your liver. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition that sometimes stems from obesity, sets the stage for worse liver conditions such as cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. The Duke University liver study showed that subjects who consumed more fructose ran the same risks -- liver scarring and liver inflammation -- as heavy alcoholics. Here's a creepy tidbit: one of the lead hepatologists on the study estimated that high-fructose corn syrup now makes up 10% of our caloric intake after being introduced into our food in the 1970s. Egggh. {via Los Angeles Times' Booster Shots health blog}
diet-cola-kidneysAnother thing to add to the long list of things that diet cola isn't good for -- your kidneys. Women who drank more than two diet sodas a day showed a 30% decrease in kidney function, according to research presented at according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. "This was true even after taking into account factors such as age, high blood pressure, diabetes, and physical activity," says Web MD.