The Links Between Sugar and Heart Disease

The Links Between Sugar and Heart Disease

Think that the biggest contributor to heart disease is excess fat in the diet? If so, you might want to rethink this notion. The fact of the matter is, the number one contributing factor to heart attack and heart disease is excess sugar in the diet. Recently a large study by Quanhe Yang for the CDC showed that your chance of dying prematurely from heart disease is 3 times greater for people who eat a significant amount of sugar. What's even more alarming is that for the average person, the equivalent of drinking two sodas increases the risk.

In fact, of those who have diabetes, about 75% of them pass away from some form of heart or blood vessel condition, illustrating just how imperative managing diabetes and controlling blood sugar levels is.

Since diabetes often originates from diets high in sugar, this clearly illustrates the connection between sugar and heart disease.

Let's go over some of the other recent findings that connect the two together.

Elevated Insulin Levels And Heart Disease Risk

One study, published in the Diabetes Care journal, noted that for men aged 60-69, those who demonstrated an upper range one-hour serum insulin concentration showed increased associations with the six year incidence rate of coronary heart disease.

Since insulin concentrations go up when blood glucose concentrations go up, these two will react together, illustrating the connection between sugar consumption and CHD.

Impaired Glucose Tolerance And CHD Risk

The next study illustrating the connection was published in the Lancet journal and had researchers looking at the incidence of CHD mortality associated with impaired glucose tolerance two hours after consumption of a 50 gram oral glucose load.

Researchers noted that for those who expressed impaired glucose tolerance at the 95th percentile or above, the risk of CHD mortality was doubled that of those who didn't show signs of intolerance.

So if you suffer from impaired glucose tolerance right now, you have twice the risk of suffering from CHD as someone who doesn't.

Social Class, Consumption Of Sugar, And Heart Disease

Finally, one last study published in the British Medical Journal noted that when researchers assessed the mortality trends over 40 years they saw that mortality via heart disease was becoming more common in working class men and women compared to those in the middle and upper classes.

They noted that this change was more noticeable for men and that the change was correlated with more smoking, a higher consumption of sugar, and a lower consumption of whole grain products.

Interestingly enough, they reported no correlation between the increased incidence of heart disease and an increased consumption of dietary fat, illustrating that sugar is the bigger problem here.

So as you can see, the research is in and sugar is one of the biggest contributing factors related to heart disease. If you want to slash your disease risk, it's time to get serious about slashing your sugar consumption.