180,000 deaths worldwide may be associated with sugary soft drinks

Sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks may be associated with about 180,000 deaths around the world each year, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are consumed throughout the world, and contribute to , which increases the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some cancers. Using data collected as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, the researchers linked intake of sugar- sweetened beverages to 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and 6,000 cancer deaths. Seventy-eight percent of these deaths due to over-consuming were in low and middle-income countries, rather than high-income countries.

"In the U.S., our research shows that about 25,000 deaths in 2010 were linked to drinking sugar-sweetened beverages," said Gitanjali M. Singh, Ph.D., co-author of the study and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.

Researchers calculated the quantities of sugar-sweetened around the world by age and sex; the effects of this consumption on obesity and diabetes; and the impact of obesity and diabetes-related deaths. Of nine world regions, Latin America/Caribbean had the most diabetes deaths (38,000) related to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in 2010. East/Central Eurasia had the largest numbers of cardiovascular deaths (11,000) related to sugary in 2010. Among the world's 15 most populous countries, Mexico—one of the countries with the highest per-capita consumption of sugary beverages in the world—had the highest death rate due to these beverages, with 318 deaths per million adults linked to sugar-sweetened beverage intake.

Japan, one of the countries with lowest per-capita consumption of sugary beverages in the world, had the lowest death rate associated with the consumption of sugary beverages, at about 10 deaths due to per million adults.

"Because we were focused on deaths due to chronic diseases, our study focused on adults. Future research should assess the amount of sugary beverage consumption in children across the world and how this affects their current and future health," Singh said.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 is an international, collaborative, systematic effort to quantify the global distribution and causes of major diseases, injuries and health risk factors.

The recommends adults consume no more than 450 calories per week, from sugar-sweetened beverages, based on a 2,000 calorie diet and offers tips on how Life's Simple 7™ can help you make better lifestyle choices and eat healthier.

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Lurker2358
1 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2013
Correlation doesn't prove causation.

What was the criterion for considering sugar as being linked to cause of death?

Alcoholic drinks cause nearly 4 times more deaths per year in the U.S. by the time you take both direct medical reasons, and because of impaired driving accidents, and yet you hypocrites don't do anything about that!!

Alcoholic drinks are 4 times more deadly than sugar sweetened drinks.

Fix that first.

Idiots.
aroc91
5 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2013
Yeah, the first prohibition was so successful, we may as well do it again. Fucking moron.

Lurker2358
1 / 5 (2) Mar 20, 2013
Yeah, the first prohibition was so successful, we may as well do it again. Fucking moron.



the first prohibition proved most people who drink alcohol are inherently evil. After all, they were willing to steal and murder in order to get their drug of choice once it was illegalized.

Further, alcohol is often the alleged trigger for many murders and other violent crimes and accidents. The murders often being demoted to manslaughter due to a "temporary insanity" plea.

Anything having side effects capable of causing "temporary insanity" resulting in murder should be a banned substance, used only for medical or scientific purposes.

Your problem is you figure that since the evil people didn't give up right away, we have to just cave in to them. That was the wrong thing to do, and now we're paying for it with an entire civilization filled with addicts and binge drinkers, all of whom proclaim, "I HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL," until the day they kill someone...
trapezoid
not rated yet Mar 20, 2013
In the old prohibition and the new one, people kill each other for the money, not the drugs themselves. The 21st amendment fixed the cause of the problem, the profit motive.
should be a banned substance, used only for medical or scientific purposes.

Thankfully Schedule I restrictions keep dangerous substances out of the hands of criminals...

inherently evil

the evil people

entire civilization ... kill someone

You should lay off the zombie games and get some sunshine and some friends.
arq
not rated yet Mar 21, 2013
@lurker

Absolutely right! Alcohol is in the same league as marijuana, cocaine, heroin etc as it alters our consciousness like they do. Hence it should be treated as such(prohibited). The law legalising marijuana should be repealed too.
arq
not rated yet Mar 21, 2013
As for sugary drinks, research about their health effects are welcome as they are widely known to increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease etc