American scientists have recognized that they know little about how non-alcoholic soft drinks affect health.
"For example, we had almost no data on which types of drinks are the driving force behind the development of kidney disease, now we have overcome this gap," explained Casey Rebholz, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University (USA).
According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), humankind is currently suffering from a serious problem of obesity. Thus, every third person is overweight, and 15% suffer from a severe form of this disorder.
As if this were not enough, almost half of the dangerous diseases usually result from being overweight.
Sugar and soft drinks stand out among the most dangerous products that catalyze the epidemic, which over the past decade has gained immense popularity throughout the world.
Two years ago, American researchers discovered that the effects of excessive consumption of non-alcoholic beverages annually claimed 184,000 lives. The regions most affected by this problem are Latin America and the USA.
To discover other effects of drinks, Rebholz and his colleagues monitored the health of 3,000 people for 15 years. During the observation period, 6% were victims of chronic kidney disease.
In general, volunteers who consumed large quantities of non-alcoholic beverages suffered from renal failure and other chronic diseases 61% more often than others.
The research team concluded that the sale of these products should be limited or subject to high taxes.