NEW YORK — You may want to put down that soda. And juice. And flavored water.
The deaths of as many as 200,000 adults every year can be linked to such sugary drinks, according to new research.
Scientists at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition came the troubling discovery. Their research was published this week in the journal Circulation.
They say the drinks could be responsible for preventable deaths from diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
The study’s lead author suggests the only way to stave off such mortality rates would be to reduce or eliminate sugary drinks altogether from people’s diets.
There is “an urgent need for strong global prevention programs,” the author wrote.