The US-based research team revealed the first detailed global report regarding the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages or SSB. The report encompasses the global, regional and national burdens of disease associated with SSB consumption such as diabetes, heart conditions and cancers both in terms of disability and death.
In 2010, there are about 133,000 estimated deaths from diabetes, 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 deaths from cancer according to the “Circulation Journal published.
According to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior author of the study and Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in Boston, ” 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.”.
“Some population dietary changes such as increasing fruits and vegetables, can be challenging due to agriculture, costs, storage, and other complexities”, he continued. “This is not complicated. There are no health benefits from sugar-sweetened beverages, and the potential impact of reducing consumption is saving tens of thousands of deaths each year.”.
According to the team or researchers, around 76% of the estimated sugar-sweetened beverage related deaths occurred in low or middle-income countries- a very alarming information which should be taken seriously.