Sugary Drinks Found Responsible for 184,000 Deaths Worldwide

Published By : 03 Jul 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A new study has found that sugar-sweetened drinks are responsible for more than 184,000 adult deaths around the world. The study, which was published in the Circulation journal also said, that sugary drinks are the reason behind 25,000 deaths every year in America alone. 

A report published in the Los Angeles Daily News says that the most popular sugary drinks such as Gatorade and Coca-Cola pose a threat bigger than the violent crimes common in Mexico. A study conducted by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy from Tuff University cites that as many as 24,000 local Mexicans die every year due to the diseases triggered by sugary drinks. While the country has not more than 15,649 official cases of murders registered in a year. Hence, proving sugary drinks pose greater threat to the population than the actual violent crimes. 

A senior author of the study published in the Circulation Journal and the dean of the Friedman School at Tuff University, Dariush Mozaffarian said that given the increasing number of deaths caused by the consumption of sugar laden beverages global economies should take up the matter as priority to gradually reduce and then eliminate the sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet of its citizens. 

The research on sugary drinks encompassed sixty-two dietary surveys conducted during the period between 1980 and 2010, as per Medical News Today. The report included data of 611,971 people hailing from across 51 countries and the data about the availability of sugary drinks across these nations. The information also included studies on the direct impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Irrespective of how challenging it can be to change the dietary practices for a population, Mozaffarian says countries around the world should implement strategies to curb the excessive consumption of these sugary drinks. 

It is not always a healthy alternative to switch to sugar alternatives or diet soda. Recent studies have also revealed that diet soda pose their own share of health related risk, including spurring the incidence of obesity. 
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