Sugary drinks cause early deaths: Harvard study

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A recent study conducted by Harvard university arrived at the conclusion that drinking sugary beverages was linked to premature deaths.

Data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men was analyzed by researchers and lifestyle factors and health status every two years were taken into account for the research.

The study found out that carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks were the single largest source of added sugar in the diet of American citizens.

The study claimed that the more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) a person drank, the more his chances of dying early increased.

The study came to the conclusion that compared with drinking SSBs less than once per month, drinking one to four sugary drinks per month was linked with a 1 percent increased risk; two to six per week with a 6 percent increase; one to two per day with a 14 percent increase, and two or more per day with a 21 percent increase.

Those who consumed two or more SSBs per day had a 31 percent higher risk of drying from a cardiovascular disease.

Women were at a higher risk of premature death from drinking SSBs as compared to men, according to the study.

“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 increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, itself a major risk factor for premature death,” said Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard

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