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CONSUMPTION OF sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, ac- cording to research published in the journal Circulation.

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are a single, modif able component of diet that can impact preventable death/disability in adults in high, middle, and low-income countries, according to the study authors, indi- cating an urgent need for strong glob- al prevention programs. SSB are de- f ned as sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweet- ened iced teas, or homemade sugary drinks, such as frescas, that contained at least 50 kcal per 8-oz serving; 100% fruit juice was excluded.

In the f rst detailed global report on the impact of SSB, Tufts University

researchers modeled global, regional, and national burdens of disease asso- ciated with SSB consumption by age and sex in 2010.

“Many countries in the world have a signif cant number of deaths oc- curring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages. It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” Dariush Mo- zaf arian, MD, DrPH, senior author of the study and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in Boston, said in a press release.

In 2010, the researchers estimate that SSB consumption may have been responsible for approximately133,000 deaths from diabetes,45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD),

and 6,450 deaths from cancer. In the study, estimates of con-

sumption were made from 62 dietary surveys including 611,971 individuals, conducted between 1980 and 2010 across 51 countries, along with data on national availability of sugar in 187 countries and other information. T is allowed capture of geographical, gen- der and age variation in consumption levels of SSBs in dif erent populations. Based on meta-analyses of other published evidence on health harms of SSBs, the investigators calculated the direct impact on diabetes and the obesity-related ef ects on CVD, diabe- tes and cancer.

Mozaf arian said that reduced consumption of SSBs could poten- tially save tens of thousands of deaths annually.

Sugary drinks linked to high death toll for diabetes

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