CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CBS Connecticut) — According to recent research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, sugar-laden drinks such as sodas and sports drinks can be linked to approximately 180,000 deaths around the world each year.

The sweeteners and chemicals found in many sugary beverages facilitate complications such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, Red Orbit reports.

The study involved examining data collected during the Global Burden of Diseases Study of 2010, which included information regarding the health implications of consuming sugary drinks throughout the world.

In all, 133,000 deaths from complications with diabetes, 44,000 fatalities caused by cardiovascular disease and 6,000 cancer-related deaths were said to be attributed to drinking excessively sweetened beverages that year.

Harvard researchers were also reportedly able to divide the globe into nine regions, allowing them to study how sugary drinks affect different parts of the world. In the process, they discovered that 78 percent of the deaths were reported from lower or middle income nations.

The study was presented at Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions held by the American Heart Association, Red Orbit learned.

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