Sugary drinks could be causing 200,000 deaths a year worldwide
The findings were presented today at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism meeting in New Orleans. Last month researchers warned that drinking just one can of fizzy drink a day could increase the risk of developing life-threatening Type 2 diabetes.
Scientists have found that sugar-based calories, such as those found in fizzy drinks, are much more likely to cause the condition than the same number of calories from any other source. For every additional 150 calories of sugar available per person per day, the prevalence of diabetes in the population rose by one per cent.
In contrast, an additional 150 calories of any type caused only a 0.1 per cent increase in the population's diabetes rate, the researchers from Stanford University, the University of California-Berkley and the University of California-San Francisco found. This was the first time that scientists have questioned the theory that eating too much of any food is what causes obesity and that the resulting obesity is what causes diabetes.