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Higher cardiovascular disease risk factors in people with high added sugar intake

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Sugar CubesPeople who consume large amounts of added sugar, a prominent source of low-nutrient calories, are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, according to a study by Emory University.

The study analyzed nutritional data and blood lipid levels in 8495 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1996 and 2006. Researchers concluded that higher consumption of added sugars is associated with several important measures of dyslipidemia, an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease among US adults.

“Just like eating a high-fat diet can increase your levels of triglycerides and high cholesterol, eating sugar can also affect those same lipids,” says study co-author Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine.

Added sugars are food additives that can be recognized by consumers and have been proposed for specific labeling on food and beverage packaging. The results of this study demonstrate that increased added sugars are associated with important cardiovascular disease risk factors, including lower HDL-C levels, higher triglyceride levels, and higher ratios of triglycerides to HDL-C.

“It would be important for long-term health for people to start looking at how much added sugar they’re getting and finding ways to reduce that,” says Vos.

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