Death by sugar: a global disease burden

In a report to an American Heart Association conference earlier this month, Harvard researcher Dr Gitanjali Singh (PhD) estimated soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit drinks were associated with 180,000 deaths a year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.

This comprised 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 from cardiovascular diseases and 6000 from cancers, he said in a media statement.

Mexico has one of the highest per capita consumptions of sugar, leading to an estimated 318 deaths