Sugar: Does your sweet tooth put your heart at risk?

As you’ve probably have noticed, there has been increased public interest in heart and nutritional health since former President Bill Clinton’s recent medical crisis. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease continue to have a strong presence in the news. Of all the media surrounding the issue, the report I found most interesting was in a recent New York Times article entitled, “High Blood Sugar Also Poses Risk to Heart”. The article described the findings of two cardiovascular studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in September. These studies concluded that elevated heart disease risk is associated with high blood sugar levels found in both diabetics and non-diabetic patients whose levels fell within the high-normal blood sugar range. The studies reportedly provide evidence that increased risk of heart disease is due to blood sugar itself, apart from coincident conditions, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, which are commonly associated with diabetes and high blood sugar levels. The article notes that further research is required to determine whether lowering blood sugar levels will lower CVD risk. If you would like a copy of the September 21st NYT article, please let me know.


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