You may want to say no to having that second glass of soda, as a recent report from the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, posted at, reveals that 180,000 deaths around the world may be attributed to consuming too many sugary drinks.

Researchers worked with data from the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, which is an international collaboration to identify and quantify the “causes of major diseases, injuries, and health risk factors.” Taken into account were the participants’ age and gender, the amount of sugar-sweetened drinks consumed on a regular basis, and the effects on risk of conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

The results revealed that a whopping 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 cardiovascular disease-related deaths, and 6,000 cancer deaths worldwide can be attributed to the over-consumption of sugary beverages.

This is a wake-up call to many who are overly fond of sugar-sweetened beverages such as commercial sodas, energy drinks, fruit drinks, and iced teas. Make it habit to check the nutritional labels at the back of the beverages you usually buy, and watch for ingredients such as “fructose corn syrup,” “cane sugar,” and “corn sweetener.” Drink more water than you do sweetened beverages, and you’re less likely to deal with problems related to having too much sugar in your system.

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