Sugary drinks killing ‘hundreds of thousands’, study

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports.

Man drinking Coke


This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates.

They defined sugary drinks as any sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks, fruit drinks (not pure fruit juice), sweetened iced teas, sports or energy drinks, or homemade sugary drinks.

The model used a large amount of data on the consumption of sugary drinks from national surveys, and on the effect of sugary drink consumption on body mass index (BMI) and risk of diabetes, and the knock-on effect of BMI on heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

It estimated that sugary drinks caused around 133,000 deaths in adults per year globally from diabetes, with 45,000 from heart disease and 6,450 from cancer.

In the UK, it estimated that 1,316 deaths per year were caused by sugary drinks – equivalent to about 30 people per one million adults.

As with any modelling study, results are based on the data available and some assumptions, which may or may not be correct.

Therefore, these figures should be viewed as estimates, rather than exact numbers.

Most of us eat far too much sugar so cutting down can reduce your risk of a range of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity