Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Linked to Deaths
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 22, 2013 @ 9:15AM
Created on March 20, 2013 @ 6:06PM
Photo: CBS News
During the day thousands of people head to the vending machines to grab something to drink. Some may pick water but plenty of others head for those bottles filled with sugar. A new study shows those drinks may actually be linked to the death of more than 150,000 people worldwide.
According to the study presented at an American Heart Association conference, one in 100 deaths of obese people can be contributed to the consumption of sweetened beverages.
These drinks include sugar-sweetened soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages. The study was done in adults throughout the world.
Researchers said they could link 180,000 obesity deaths worldwide to the drinks. 25,000 of those were Americans. 132,000 of the deaths were from diabetes, 44,000 were from heart disease and 6,000 were from cancer.
The message some of the researchers wanted to get out is that limiting the amounts of sugary beverages we drink could be a big step in reducing diabetes-related deaths.
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