Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Linked to More than 180,000 Deaths Each Year

Researchers estimate that worldwide, 184,000 deaths per year are attributable to consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs): 133,000 from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 6450 from cancers. Five percent of such deaths occurred in low-income, 70.9% in middle-income, and 24.1% in high-income countries. Proportional mortality due to SSB consumption ranged from <1% in Japanese >65 years old to 30% in Mexicans <45 years old, and 8.5 million disability-adjusted life years were related to SSB intake. In the Circulation study, investigators collected data on deaths and disabilities from 2010 and calculated the effect of SSBs on health based on dietary surveys.

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Researchers estimate that worldwide, 184,000 deaths per year are attributable to consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs): 133,000 from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 6450 from cancers. Five percent of such deaths occurred in low-income, 70.9% in middle-income, and 24.1% in high-income countries. Proportional mortality due to SSB consumption ranged from <1% in Japanese >65 years old to 30% in Mexicans <45 years old, and 8.5 million disability-adjusted life years were related to SSB intake. In the Circulation study, investigators collected data on deaths and disabilities from 2010 and calculated the effect of SSBs on health based on dietary surveys.