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Sugar study: Too much sugar may be deadly, 3 times greater heart problem risks

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A sugar study has revealed that too much sugar in one’s diet may actually be deadly, as it can cause severe health risks, including fatal heart problems. A massive new study revealed this week points to the idea that consuming more than the daily suggested intake of sugar can leave one at a 3 times greater risk of suffering from a number of heart problems. The National Post confirms this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, that millions of Americans everyday indulge in too much sugar, many times hidden away in heavily processed foods, and are substantially increasing their own odds of suffering from heart problems by doing so.

The sugar study was conducted by a team of health and nutrition researchers for the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the first factors they note in the study is the numerous ways in which excess sugar finds its way into our diets. From a glazed donut in the morning with an early coffee, to a soda pop for lunch, and a couple of scoops of ice cream after a big dinner, sugar can easily be taken in unhealthy amounts by many different people. Those who have significant amounts of sugar at every meal are at the highest risk, notes the study.

Gaining weight and getting fat is only a piece of the saccharine puzzle. Those who fall into the highest category of excess sugar offenders are said to have considerably higher odds of premature death. The cause would likely be heart problems, as fatal heart diseases were said to be 3 times more likely in those who consumed higher amounts of sugar in their daily diet than those who did not.

“Is too much sugar deadly? Evidence points to yes. For someone who normally eats 2,000 calories daily, adds the new sugar study, even consuming two 12-ounce cans of soda substantially increases the risk. For most American adults, sodas and other sugary drinks are the main source of added sugar. Lead author Quanhe Yang of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention called the results sobering and said it’s the first nationally representative study to examine the issue.”

At this point in time, nutrition and health experts are unable to identify just how sugar can cause a number of fatal health risks and heart problems, but there has been definite connections between excessive sugar intake and higher blood pressure levels, increased unhealthy cholesterol in the body, and inflammation commonly linked with heart disease.

While a little bit of processed sugar is acceptable on a rare occasion, the sugar study concludes that the best bet to stay safe and healthy is to simply avoid sugar when possible. There are more than enough natural sugars in the food we should be eating everyday — such as fruits and even vegetables — without having any of that processed stuff.



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