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Americans’ Sugar Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine that has shown that Americans’ sugar intake may be fatal. The study measured changes in sugar consumption over time “to see its effect on health” and found that about 10% of adults got more than 25% of their calories in the form of added sugar. 11,733 people were followed for 15 years and researchers also found that “compared to the people in the lowest [sugar consumption] group, those in the highest group were more than twice as likely to die during the follow-up period.” The effect seemed to be linear with the “second-highest group of sugar consumption saw their risk of death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) rise by 7%; those in the middle group saw their risk rise 18%; and those in the fourth-highest group had 38% greater odds of CVD death compared to the people in the baseline group.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.