Consumption of Sugary Beverages is Proportional to Mortality

The greater number of sugar-sweetened beverages that are consumed, the greater chance of premature death there is or even cancer.

The study was published on March 18th, 2019 in the Circulation.

Lead author of the study and research scientist, Mr. Vasanti Malik said, “Our results provide further support to limit intake of SSBs and to replace them with other beverages, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity.”

Studies in the past have shown that SSB intake increases weight, the risk of heart disease, stroke and also type 2 diabetes.

Researchers have clearly found that after adjusting lifestyle factors and major diet, the more the intake of SSB, the greater the chance of early death. Also, the chances were found to be greater in women than in men.

There was specifically strong proportionality between consuming sugary beverages and the heightened risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. Compared to the occasional SSB drinkers, people who drank 2 or more servings of SSB per day had a 31% greater chance of losing their life to the cardiovascular disease. Every drink per day causes a 10% increase in the chance of death resulting from cardiovascular disease.

Women have a higher risk of developing Cancer from SSB consumption than men.

Researchers further observed the link between in taking artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) and the risk of early death.

Professor of epidemiology and nutrition, Mr. Walter Willett said, “These findings are consistent with the known adverse effects of high sugar intake on metabolic risk factors and the strong evidence that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, itself a major risk factor for premature death. The results also provide further support for policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes because the current price of sugary beverages does not include the high costs of treating the consequences.”