PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Is sugar responsible for numerous deaths around the world?

Researchers at Tufts University say the answer is yes.

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According to their research, an estimated 184,000 deaths could be caused by the consumption of sugary beverages each year.

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In the worldwide study, sugar-sweetened drinks led to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease and 6,400 from cancer.

Of the 51 countries studied, Mexico had the highest rate of death from sugary drinks, while the U.S. came in second place. About 76 percent of the deaths occurred in low or middle income countries.

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The research, which is being called the first detailed report on the subject, is published in the journal Circulation.