Over the past 30 years, sugary drink consumption, in the United States, has been seriously increased. 50% of the population, drinks these beverages every day. Researchers already linked these drinks with higher risk of diabetes, obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease. But, a new study found that sugary drinks may be responsible for more than 184.000 deaths worldwide, every year.
The AHA (American Heart Association) doesn’t recommend consuming more than 450 calories from sugary drinks per week. This is equivalent to three cans of cola. A study, conducted by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found that men consume 178 calories, from these drinks, every day. Women consume a bit less, 103 calories per day.
The lead author of the latest study was Prof. Gitanjali Singh, from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy of Tufts University in Boston. They estimated the annual death rates caused by sugary drinks. They analyzed data from 62 surveys. This involved 611.971 people from more than 51 countries. Researchers focused on how these drinks affect on deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They used sports/energy drinks, homemade sugary drinks, sugar-sweetened sodas and sweetened ice teas. But, they excluded 100% fruit juice.
Researchers found that in 2010, sugary drinks were responsible for 184.450 deaths across the whole world. 133.000 people died from diabetes, 6.450 from cancer and 45.000 from cardiovascular disease. They also found that younger adults may experience chronic disease, because of sugary drink consumption.
Researchers also found that low-income countries have higher sugary death rates. Mexico has the highest rate with 405 deaths one million people. The US has the second highest rate. The solution is to reduce sugary drink consumption.