Sugar-sweetened beverages associated with older biological age | Elissa Epel

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– [Rhonda]: Back to the sugar-sweetened beverages
you mentioned because I did read that study, your study that was on the sugar-sweetened
beverages and how that was associated with accelerated telomere shortening by something
like close to five years or something. I think if I remember correctly it was something
like that. Where people that were drinking, you know,
a lot of these sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages had their biological age as marked by a telomere
length looked older than their actual chronological age. And so that was quite disturbing. – [Elissa]: Right. You know, that sugared beverage finding has
been replicated many times by now. And it’s not surprising because liquid sugar
has been more of an effect than sugar in food. It does cause, you know, a big metabolic disturbance
immediately. And so if you’re drinking that every day,
you should expect to have…across the spectrum of aging biomarkers to have them be accelerated. And so, you know, it’s coming out to be one
of the biggest predictors of obesity and diabetes, which…I’m talking about processed sugar,
not just calories, particularly liquid sugar. So, you know, we can all do our best to not
have it. But what’s even more powerful is when we get
rid of it in our environment. So we just completed a study at our university
where we just… this university banned all sugar beverages. It’s because… I mean, it’s just so ridiculous. – [Rhonda]: That’s awesome. – [Elissa]: Yeah, it’s awesome, it’s amazing. – [Rhonda]: Go UCSF. – [Elissa]: I mean, it’s so ironic that you
go into, you know, many hospital cafeterias and that’s the drink that they’re selling
and you know… so bottom line is that it reduced drinking dramatically, and it reduced
waist size just getting rid of it at work. People could still have it at home, they can
still bring it to work. So those are kind of things… – [Rhonda]: Limiting the access. – [Elissa]: We have to think about. Like you know, your child’s eventual school
and these environments that you want to keep children who are still developing habits surrounded
by the healthy choices. – [Rhonda]: Right. I remember reading… and this was an animal
study where should these sugar-sweetened beverages activated dopamine pathways and like a reward
pathway in the brain. Similar to like some very bad recreational
drugs. I mean, not the same…it wasn’t as robust
but like Methamphetamine. I mean these things. And I mean, you know, that is definitely I
would say pretty scary that there’s an addictive aspect to the sugar as well. – [Elissa]: Well, I mean, I think that cannot
be understated about why that is an epidemic that we cannot control yet. So in health span, we’re doing okay preventing
people from dying from diseases, right, because we have medications and diagnostics. And so heart disease, stroke, like people
are dying less from those, we’re doing so well at keeping people alive and reducing
those diseases. But at the same time, while those incidents
and deaths are going down, the obesity incidence is going up. We cannot control it, we don’t have a medication
for it, and it’s addictive. – [Rhonda]: And I think you just brought up
a really good point. I mean, if medication is doing one thing where
it’s sort of like maybe extending a couple of years of your life because you’re not gonna
have a heart attack or stroke as soon but you’re not fixing the problem, the cause of
the problem which could be your unhealthy diet or a variety of other types of psychological
stress or a combination of them lack asleep. So it is really important to address, you
know, the problem, what’s causing you to, you know, be at a higher risk for type two
diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or stroke, and address that problem. Because where a medication may help give you
a couple more years, the quality isn’t gonna be improved … – [Elissa]: That’s right. – [Rhonda]: …if you don’t fix it. – [Elissa]: That’s right and quality is what
matters. And then if you’re having a toxic lifestyle,
if you’re sedentary and you’re eating a junk food diet, that medication is not going to
outweigh those big lifestyle effects. So like, let’s take Metformin. Lots of people take Metformin for anti-aging,
it’s one of the very few pills that we have in sight that is probably slowing aging in
some ways. But if you’re taking Metformin and you’re
still eating a lot of sugar, like many people with diabetes are doing because they have…you
know, their brain is wired that way right now with the hedonic addiction, that Metformin
is doing very, very little. And so it’s just an example of like, you know,
let’s work on these drugs, we absolutely need some breakthroughs to slow aging. But we cannot do it in this context of a toxic


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Shella Bella

Jun 6, 2019, 8:34 pm Reply

Love these, Dr Rhonda! Mad respect… keep them coming, please!

Yana Nova Vlogs

Jun 6, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

This is not surprising. We knew it from our ancestors if not the least 🙂

James Bradley

Jun 6, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

another excellent short clip. 😎👍

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