Sugary drinks may pose significant health risk

20 March 2013

People that consume a significant number of sugary soft drinks may be at a greater risk of cancer diagnosis, heart disease or diabetes.

According to a new study, while the causal link between mortality and beverages cannot be proven, sugary drinks are known to contribute to excess body weight.

This increases a person's chance of developing health problems and it is estimated that sugary drinks may cause almost 200,000 deaths each year around the world.

To determine the threat of these liquids, researchers used data from an investigation of global disease to calculate the death toll associated with sweetened drink consumption.

Drinks were linked to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 from heart disease and 6,000 from cancer.

Low and middle-income countries were found to be the most at risk, with Mexico noted as having the highest overall death rate.

In this country, 318 deaths per million adults each year were associated with sugary drinks.

Interestingly, Japan, which has a high level of sweetened beverage consumption, had the lowest death rate, with just 10 per million adults.

To reduce mortality risks, lowering daily sugar and fat intake is important. Exercise will also help to stave off obesity, which increases health risks.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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