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Study: Too much sugar leads to heart problems

February 5, 2014

A recent study published in the February issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed what scientists had believed for years: too much sugar can lead to negative health effects, including heart disease and obesity. The findings, which were from the biggest study of its kind, revealed that consuming an excess amount of sugar each day could lead to a substantially higher risk of heart problems. 

Researchers found that individuals whose sugar intake was more than 25 percent of their daily calories were twice as likely to die from heart disease than those whose daily sugar amount was only 7 percent. The Associated Press reports that sugary drinks, such as sodas, are the main source of added sugar for American adults, with those who drink more than two cans per day substantially increasing their risk. 

According to Bloomberg, this was the first national study to link sugar directly to the contraction of the disease. Laura Schmidt, a school of medicine professor at the University of California at San Francisco, spoke to the news source about the dangers of the sweet substance.

"Too much sugar can make you fat; it can also make you sick, sick from diseases like cardiovascular disease, which is the No. 1 killer in America," Schmidt told Bloomberg in a phone interview. "Small amounts of sugar are fine. It's consuming massive amounts of sugar that's a growing problem in America."

Previous studies have linked the sweet substance to a variety of health detriments, including obesity, diabetes, non-fatal heart problems and increased blood pressure. Researchers concluded that Americans needed to limit their daily intake. Individuals do not need to eliminate the substance from their diets completely, but consume it in moderation so as to avoid contracting these potentially fatal diseases. To ensure seniors are eating foods that will contribute to healthy aging, it is important not to eat too many sweets.