5 Ways Your Coke Is Killing You

Jul 29, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

Coke is Killing YouLast week we talked about a safe way to get your sugar fix, but this week we’re focusing on one of the not-so-safe ways: drinking coke. It’s so dangerous, in fact, that a recent study linked the consumption of sugary beverages, such as coke, to nearly 200,000 deaths a year, worldwide, including 25,000 in the US. That’s nearly 70 people in the US alone that die from coke-related causes every day.

And before you think that the secret is to switch to diet cokes, keep in mind that diet cokes are actually associated with significant weight gain–and some dangers are related to other things that are in both regular and diet cokes.


Diabetes is the big killer when it comes to coke consumption. The estimated death toll from coke-related diabetes in the world is 133,000 each year. Drinking lots of sugary sodas can lead to insulin resistance, also known as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes in turn leads to many significant health impacts, including cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney problems, and gum disease.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the second biggest killer related to coke consumption. Researchers estimated that 45,000 people each year die from soda-related heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.


Coke consumption has been linked to pancreatic cancer in particular as well as an overall increase in cancer risk. Coke consumption is linked to about 6500 cancer deaths a year. And this is definitely one place where diet coke is no better and might be worse: cancer links include the artificial dye used in colas and the artificial sweetener aspartame.

Fatty Liver Disease

Unlike glucose, which can be digested by most cells in the body, fructose can only be broken down by your liver. As a result, consuming a lot of fructose puts a strain on your liver, and that results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease is a precursor to cirrhosis, liver failure. Chronic liver disease kills about 36,500 people each year in the US, though it’s not known how many of these are associated with coke consumption.


Studies have shown that people who drink a lot of coke may be twice as likely to develop asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), a related lung condition. Every day, 11 people in the US die from asthma, although there’s no numbers about how many of these people had coke-related asthma.

Plus, It’s Killing Your Teeth

If you’re a regular consumer of coke or other sugary drinks, it’s time to consider putting that bottle down. If not completely, at least cut back significantly. It’s for your health–and for your teeth.

Coke contains acids that erode your teeth, and the sugars feed bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Cutting back on coke consumption now will save your teeth.

And if you’ve already suffered significant damage to your teeth because of coke consumption, cosmetic dentistry can give you your beautiful, healthy smile back. To learn more about getting your smile back, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment with a Grapevine cosmetic dentist at Grapevine Dental Care today.