Trees

sugar raises heart-disease risk — a lot

Filed under: heart disease,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Orna @ 11:09 am

We all know that refined sugar is best as a rare treat rather than a dietary staple. The staggering prevalence of obesity in the US — as high as one third the population in many areas — offers a regular reminder.

 

Refined sugar significantly raises heart-disease risk.

Refined sugar raises heart-disease risk.

What’s less known is how sugar consumption affects heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. —  and a new report shows it doesn’t take much to double your risk. (more…)

Cholesterol: It’s not just about fat anymore

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Orna @ 10:00 am

Want to lower your cholesterol? It’s not just about the fat. Turns out sugar — added to processed foods and sweetened drinks — is a big culprit. New research in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association studied 6,100 people to see how sugar intake affected cholesterol levels. They found people consuming the most sugar generally had higher triglyceride (blood-fat) levels, along with lower levels of protective HDL cholesterol. They also found sugar intake has risen nearly 50 percent over common consumption in 1977-78. Sugars already are linked to obesity, hypertension and other conditions known to increase heart and stroke risks. These new finding add one more reason to cut down. (Via USA Today.)

 

do sugary sodas cause pancreatic cancer?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Orna @ 11:48 am

You know that sugary sodas aren’t healthy, but are they really that bad? A new study reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, put out by the American Association for Cancer Research, found a huge health impact in a small number of study participants. Researchers found that people consuming two or more regular sodas each week had a whopping 87-percent increase in deadly pancreatic cancer over peers drinking juice instead. The findings are based on information from 14 years of following 60,524 men and women from Singapore. How does it work? Sugar stimulates the pancreas to create insulin, and the extra insulin may be responsible for turning pancreas cells cancerous. Soda makers find the study flawed, pointing out that only 140 study participants developed pancreatic cancer and only 30 of those drank soda at all. (Via WebMD.)

Address: 4921 NE 28th Ave. Portland, OR 97221 Phone: 503.335.9479 Taproot Hosting Site Design: Chipboard Creative | © Copyright 2014 Celilo Health