Sugary drinks are killing people through heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
According to experts sugary drinks are responsible for the death of as many as 184,000 adults around the world each year. The experts say that in 2010 an estimated number of 133,000 deaths occurred from diabetes alone while 45000 from cardiovascular disease and 6450 from cancer.
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The senior author of this new study Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian stated that many countries around the world have a significant number of deaths that are occurring from just one single dietary factor that is sugar sweetened beverages. He further stated that it should be a global priority to substantially reduce or all together eliminate sugar sweetened beverages from the diet.
This research was conducted in Tufts University in Boston and was published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal and it is the first detailed global report which has assessed deaths attributable to sugar sweetened beverages. These beverages were defined as any sugar sweetened fizzy drink, sports or energy drink, fruit drink and sweetened iced teas or even homemade sugary drinks.
In this research the researchers analyzed nearly 62 dietary surveys which covered 611,971 people and was conducted between 1980 and 2010 across 51 countries. Dr. Mozaffarian stated that there are no health benefits whatsoever from consuming sugar sweetened beverages and the potential impact of reducing consumption is like saving tens of thousands of deaths each year.
On the other hand there is Dr. Neville Howard who is from the Australian Diabetes Council stated that the disease and high intakes of sugary drinks are a very bad mix. He explained that people should listen to their advice that there should be minimal intake of these sugary drinks. Then there is research assistant professor Dr. Gitanjali Singh stated that the health impact of sugar sweetened and beverage intake on the young is very important.
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He stated that this also raises concern over the future of the world and if these young people still continue to consumer high levels as they age the effects of this high consumption will be compounded by the effects of aging. This the doctor explained would lead to even higher death and stability rates from heart disease and diabetes too.