133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 deaths
from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 deaths
from cancer were caused by fizzy drinks, fruit
drinks, energy drinks and sweetened ice teas in
2010.
The dangers of fizzy, sugary drinks have once
again been highlighted as scientists have said
they kill 184,000 adults every year.
It further said those under 45 consume more
artificially sweetened drinks and are more at risk
of diabetes and obesity.
According to Telegraph, the worldwide study is
the first to estimate deaths and disability from
diabetes, heart disease, and cancers caused by
the drinks.
It added that 133,000 deaths from diabetes,
45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and
6,450 deaths from cancer were caused by fizzy
drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sweetened
ice teas in 2010.
The study did not include pure fruit juices and all
drinks had at least 50 kcal per eight US ounces
(0.23 litres) serving or just over two thirds of a
standard pop can.
According to Dr Dariush Mozaffarian , Dean of
the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and
Policy at Tufts University in Boston said “many
countries in the world have a significant number
of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor,
sugar-sweetened beverages”
She therefore said it should be a global priority
to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-
sweetened beverages from the diet as there are
no health benefits from them.
The study based its estimates of consumption
from 62 dietary surveys including 611,971
individuals conducted between 1980 and 2010
across 51 countries, along with data on national
availability of sugar in 187 countries and other
information.
Based on meta-analyses of other published
evidence on health harms of sugar-sweetened
beverages, it calculated the direct impact on
diabetes and the obesity-related effects on
cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
It found sugar drinks caused more deaths in
Mexico with 405 deaths per million adults equal
to 24,000 total deaths followed by the US with
an estimated 125 deaths per million adults or
25,000 total deaths.
Japan also came in with the estimated
percentage of deaths less than 1% of over 65
years old, but 30% in Mexican adults under 45.
Three quarters of all deaths are linked to
developing countries. Younger adults were
however more at risk of chronic illnesses than
older people.
The study which was published in the journal,
Circulation, raised concern on the health impact
of sugar-sweetened beverage intake on the
young as younger adults form a large sector of
the workforce in many countries.

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