Sugary drinks are deadly, warns a study
Sugar- sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks are not just fattening but they are deadly too. A study presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/ Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions pointed out that sugar-sweetened beverages cause excess body weight, which in turn increases the risk of medical conditions like diabetes, heart-related problems and even cancer.
The data, which was collected in the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, suggests that intake of sweetened beverages caused 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 deaths from heart-related diseases and 6,000 cancer deaths. 78 percent of these deaths were seen in low and middle-income countries, rather than high-income countries. The research also calculated the deaths in terms of age and sex.
The effect of sugary beverages on health of an individual has been a topic of debate globally, especially in New York. The study may lend more weight to the idea that the drinks could account for a sizable chunk of the global obesity epidemic.
The study revealed that geography may have an impact on how sugary drinks affect certain populations. Out of nine world regions, Latin American and Caribbean countries have been reported with most diabetes-related deaths, while the East and Central Europe/Asia claimed the most heart-related deaths, reported Mail Online.
Mexico had the highest rate of deaths due to sugary drinks which are roughly 317 deaths for every million adults. And Japan has reported least deaths due to sugar-sweetened beverages with the least amount of deaths i.e. 10 for every million adults.
Gitanjali M. Singh, Ph.D., co-author said, “In Mexico, about one out of three diabetes and obesity-related deaths in adults between ages 20 and 45 were due to drinking sugary beverages.” The US is also is at third position in the list with 25,000 deaths due to sugary drinks.