Harvard Men's Health Watch

How sweet it's not: Sugary drinks take a toll on health

In case you have not heard, imbibing too many sugary soft drinks is bad for you. Now we know just how bad. Sweetened sodas, sports drinks, and fruit drinks may be the cause of 25,000 deaths per year in the United States.

Harvard scientists presented the finding at a meeting held by the American Heart Association in New Orleans. The death toll resulting from sugary drinks was attributed to additional cases of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The research does not directly implicate sugary drinks as the cause of the deaths. Instead, it establishes a statistical link. It means that people who drink the most sugar-sweetened beverages also tend to have higher rates of chronic diseases—especially type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body has trouble processing sugar in the bloodstream.

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