Study Links Sugary Drinks to Increase in Death Tolls – A new study shows that sugary drinks may be responsible for as many as 184,000 deaths every year worldwide.
The study used dietary surveys from over 600,000 participants between 1980 and 2010 from 51 countries. Researchers used this information to calculate the direct impact of sugar-sweetened drinks, such as sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, or homemade sugary drinks, on diabetes and the obesity-related effects on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Researchers estimate that in 2010, sugary beverages may have caused 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 6,450 from cancer.
Researchers also found that sugary beverages had a different level of impact on different countries.Mexico had the highest death rate attributed to sugary drinks, with 405 deaths per million adults, and the US ranked second, with 125 deaths per million adults. About 76% of deaths occurred in developing countries (low to middle income). Overall, deaths from consumption of sugary drinks was higher in younger adults than older adults. Researchers point out the economic impact this could have if disability and death rates continued to increase in this age group.
The study was published in the journal Circulation.