Each year the consumption of “sugary drinks” is implicated in 180,000 deaths worldwide. A large, international epidemiological study reports that slurping down large amounts of sugary beverages was associated with an increased body-mass index (BMI), which in turn was linked with BMI-related deaths from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the 7 obesity-related cancers (breast, uterine, esophageal, gallbladder, colorectal, kidney, and pancreatic). Three quarters of these BMI-related deaths were from diabetes.
Bottom line: sugar sweetened drinks are a major cause of preventable deaths due to chronic diseases. Evidence is mounting that drinking these products is not a good choice for ourselves or our kids.