SOFT drinks and other sugary beverages may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published in the American Heart Foundation Journal “Circulation”. Billed as a first, the report analysed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks. Researchers estimated that around 133,000 people died from diabetes due to the consumption of what the report called “sugar-sweetened beverages.” Around 45,000 people died globally from cardiovascular diseases arising from sugary drink consumption and 6,450 people died from cancers linked to the beverages, researchers estimated.
“Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages. It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” said study author Dariush Mozaffarian from Tufts University in Boston.
According to a Harvard University fact sheet, ‘Sugar drink supersizing and the obesity epidemic’, drinking just one can of soft drink a day can lead to significant health problems. People who consume 1-2 cans a day have a 26 per cent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely consume soft drink. For each can consumed per day, the odds of children becoming obese increased by 60 per cent in the next 1.5 years.
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