A study published Monday in the journal Circulation, discovered that around 184,000 deaths are linked to death annually. The study, the first of its kind, examined the deaths from cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and cancer which were connected to increased soda consumption.
Mexico topped the list of deaths due to sugary beverages with a rate of 450 deaths per million adults, followed by United States with 125 estimated deaths per million adults.
Researchers estimated that about 133,000 people died from diabetes and 45,000 died globally from cardiovascular diseases after excessive intake of “sugar-sweetened beverages.” A further 6,450 people died from cancers linked to the beverages which contain chemical compounds – which either alone, or combined with other compounds could prove carcinogenic for the body.
“Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring 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,” said study author Dariush Mozaffarian from Tufts University in Boston.
Researchers also said the general quantity of sugar available in a nation correlated with the country’s frequency of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The report also found 76 percent of deaths related to soda and other sugary drink consumption occurred in low to middle income countries.
It is to noted, however that fruit juices were not part of the research, which evaluated 62 dietary surveys conducted between 1980 and 2010 in 51 countries.