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Friday, July 3, 2015

Study Reignites Calls for Worldwide Controls on Sugary Drinks

A report that blames sugary drinks for almost 200,000 deaths worldwide every year has just been published in Circulation, with the authors emphasizing "a need for strong, global prevention programs."

"This isn't just rich countries," said senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, Dr PH, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts. "It's especially happening in the middle-income countries."

The research, based on surveys of more than 600,000 people, was first presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention in 2013, as reported by Medscape Medical News.

The results, as published by Gitanjali Singh, PhD, also of the Friedman School at Tufts University, and colleagues, are essentially the same as those reported in the abstract.

Worldwide, the study's model estimated 184,000 deaths per year attributable to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs): 133,000 from diabetes; 45,000 from cardiovascular disease; and 6450 from cancers. It also attributes 8.5 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) worldwide to the consumption of sugary beverages.

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