Reducing sugar in packaged foods could cut CVD deaths by half a million

22 November 2021

Cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from drinks could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, slash diabetes cases by 750,000 and cut cardiovascular deaths by 490,000 over the lifetime of the adult US population, says a new study.

Researchers created a model to simulate and quantify the health, economic and equity impacts of a pragmatic sugar-reduction policy proposed by the US National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI).

The team estimates that the new model would cut CVD and diabetes cases in the US substantially if the food industry reformulates sugary products, while saving the country $4.28bn in total net healthcare costs and $118bn over the lifetime of the current adult population, 10 years after the NSSRI goes into effect. The study was published in Circulation.

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