Consumption of sugary drinks associated with high death tolls
the ONA take:
New research indicates that the consumption of sugary drinks could be responsible for an estimated 184,000 deaths worldwide every year.
In some countries, sugar-sweetened drinks can be considered to be an important single dietary factor responsible for a sizable number of deaths.
Researchers, led by Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in Boston, examined the consumption of drinks that contain at least 50 kcal per 8 oz serving. Sweetened beverages reviewed included sweetened sodas, sports drinks, and homemade frescos and similar drinks.
Pure (100%) fruit juice was not included in the study. Consumption estimates were based on data from 62 dietary surveys that included 611,971 individuals, coupled with other information such as the availability of sugar by country/region.
Deaths from diabetes, cancers, and heart disease in 2010 were estimated and information from meta-analyses on the health impact of sugary drinks were used to determine the impact of the drinks on diabetes and obesity-related cardiovascular and cancer.
The investigators determined that sugary drinks may have been responsible for 133,000 diabetes deaths, 45,000 cardiovascular-related deaths, and 6,450 cancer-related deaths. Some countries saw far more impact on national health from sugary drinks, with Japan faring among the best (estimated 1% of deaths in those over 65 years old) and Mexico among the hardest hit (405 sugar-related deaths per million adults).
The researchers believe the popularity of homemade "frescas" of sugary drinks contributed to the higher death rates in Mexico and Latin America. The United States ranked second (worst) on the list, with an estimated 125 deaths per million adults tied to sugary drink consumption.
The study authors suggest that reduction of sugary beverages should be considered an important global priority and that the potential impact of heavy sugary drink consumption on a young, growing workforce could be very detrimental in many countries.
This research data was presented at the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (2013) and also published in the journal Circulation.
Consumption of sugary drinks could be responsible for an estimated 184,000 deaths worldwide every year.
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