CDC: Excess sugar increases risk of death

We knew it helped make us fat, but in a study released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), excess sugar is also blamed for significantly increasing our risk of death from heart disease.

The study focused on refined sugar, which is found in non-diet soda, cakes, cookies and candy.

“The risk of cardiovascular disease death increases exponentially as you increase your consumption of added sugar,” says the study’s lead author, Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the CDC.

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What Do Those Heart Test Scores Mean?

Heart Tests: The Sinatra Smart Zone Scores

Undergoing the right combination of tests for heart disease to evaluate your risk is key to maintaining optimal heart health. But once you’ve had those heart tests, particularly your blood workups, you need to know what your scores mean in terms of your heart disease risk. In this article on the Dr. Sinatra website is a summary of the heart tests likely to be part of your blood workups, along with suggested optimum scores, which he refers to as the Sinatra Smart Zone.

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Alzheimer’s Disease—Yes, It’s Preventable!

Good read from the Mercola website.

Story at-a-glance

  • An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and an estimated 600,000 more may suffer from an often misdiagnosed subtype called “hippocampal sparing” Alzheimer’s
  • Since there’s no conventional cure, the issue of prevention is absolutely critical if you want to avoid becoming an Alzheimer’s statistic. Evidence points to lifestyle factors, primarily diet, as the driving forces of dementia
  • Fat avoidance and carbohydrate overconsumption are at the heart of the Alzheimer’s epidemic
  • Risk of Alzheimer’s is doubled in type 2 diabetics. Alzheimer’s has even been dubbed “type 3 diabetes,” as the disease involves a lack of brain-produced insulin
  • Heart disease also increases your risk of dementia, as arterial stiffness is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in your brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease

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