A recent study by Tufts University found that sugar-sweetened drinks, such as fruit drinks and sodas, may be linked to 184,000 deaths per year worldwide.
The study estimated that in 2010, sugar-sweetened drinks may have caused 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 deaths from cancer.
“Among the 20 countries with the highest estimated sugar-sweetened beverage-related deaths, at least 8 were in Latin America and the Caribbean, reflecting the high intakes in that region of the world,” said Dr. Singh, lead author of the study.
The researchers also found that younger adults were more likely to experience chronic disease attributed to sugary-drinks than older adults.
Dr. Mozaffarian, co-author of the study, said: “It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet”. He also noted that he would rather see people consuming drinks with artificial sweeteners than with sugar.
Singh GM, Micha R, Khatibzadek S, Lim S, Ezzati M, and Mozaffarian, D. “Estimated global, regional, and national disease burdens related to sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in 2010.” Circulation. Published online ahead of print June 29 2015. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.010636