Sugary Drinks Linked To 180,000 Deaths Each Year; Are You At Risk?
A new study reports that 180,000 individuals die from excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages including soda, sports drinks, and fruit drinks, each year. The study was led by Harvard University's Gitanjali M. Singh, Ph.D., co-author of the study and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
According to the findings, sugary drinks are globally linked to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 6,000 deaths from cancer, and 44,000 deaths from heart disease. In fact, 25,000 deaths linked to sugar-sweetened beverages in 2010 were documented in the U.S. alone.
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The troubling statistics from Dr. Singh's studies were not presented until the American Heart Association meeting on Tuesday. However, the emphasis on health risks caused by sugary drinks is not new.
In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been trying to pass a ban on sugary beverages that are 16 ounces or larger. Bloomberg cited a number of studies that linked sugary beverages to obesity. However, the state Supreme Court claimed the ban was "'arbitrary and capricious" because the ban only applied to some drinks.
Dr. Gitanjali M. Singh's study applied the data from nine world regions, including Latin American and Caribbean Counties, North American Countries, East and Central European Countries, and Asia. The study indicates more reports of diabetes related deaths in Latin America. Asia and Eastern and Central Europe reported the most heart-related deaths. Further studies also indicate that Mexico ranks highest for the number of deaths related to sugary drink consumption -- 317 deaths for every one million adults. Japan ranks lowest with only 10 sugary drink related deaths for every one million adults.
How do you prevent yourself from becoming at risk of diabetes or heart disease that is caused by sugary beverages? The American Heart Association recommends adults to consume no more than 450 calories of sweetened drink a week.
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