Additionally, they might affect the way the hormone insulin is used within the body, which may result in inflammation, Murphy noted. The participants joined the study between 1999 and 2000 and were followed up for a period of 16 years.
Whereas it discovered an association, the present study doesn't show a cause-and-effect relationship between soda and a better threat of early death.
The researchers said that when other factors such as body mass index, diet, physical activity, smoking, and education were taken into consideration, the figures translated to a 17 percent higher risk of death among those consuming two glasses a day compared with those drinking less than one glass a month.
Those who consumed two or more glasses of sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day were 8 percent more likely to die early compared to those who drank less than a glass a month and those who consumed two or more glasses of artificially sweetened soft drinks a day were 26 percent more likely to die prematurely compared to those who drank less than a glass per month.
It's more bad news and yet another reason to consider ditching your favorite soda or soft drink.
Meanwhile, it comes after a recent study linked ultra-processed foods with an increased risk of heart disease and even death.Two separate studies, conducted by researchers at Deakin University and the University of Paris, found positive associations between the consumption of foods such as ready meals, sugary cereals and snacks with the risk of potentially fatal cardiovascular disease.
Individuals who had a couple of sugar-sweetened soda a day in comparison with fewer than one a month had a greater danger of dying from digestive illnesses.
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William Dermody Jr., a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, offered a similar view.
Researchers say it is impossible to determine if the leading factor was a specific artificial sweetener, the type of beverage, obesity or another health issue.
"These can contribute to weight gain and poor blood sugar control, worsening existing conditions like diabetes", she pointed out.
"We found that compared with those reporting low consumption, participants who reported high consumption of soft drinks were at greater risk of all-cause death in our study sample", said Neil Murphy, one of the study's lead authors, based at International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France.
It's possible that soft drink consumption could be a marker for some other lifestyle factor or behaviour, Lee explained.
The journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, published the study Tuesday.