Soda has been vilified in the media for some time now, and rightfully so. It's gotten so bad that San Francisco recently approved warning labels for sugary-drink ads that will read "Drinking beverages with added sugar leads to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."
But just how bad are these drinks, really? Well, according to a new analysis from Tufts, they lead to an estimated 184,000 deaths worldwide each year. So, yeah, really bad.
The press release details how the researchers reached their conclusion:
Estimates of consumption 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.
Based on meta-analyses of other published evidence on health harms of sugar-sweetened beverages, the investigators calculated the direct impact on diabetes and the obesity-related effects on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
From this, they estimated that sweetened drinks cause:
- 133,000 deaths from diabetes
- 45,000 from cardiovascular disease
- 6,450 from cancers
Of course, the effect of sugary drinks varied widely between populations, from less than 1% among Japanese over 65 years old to 30% in Mexican adults younger than 45. In the U.S., sugary drinks cause about 25,000 deaths a year.
So ... how 'bout that soda ban?
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