How the sugar industry sweetened research in its favor

Scientists began to uncover a link between sugar and heart disease about 60 years ago, and now, the general consensus among experts is that sugar intake is associated with heart disease risk. So why did it take so long for the alarm to go up?

A new historical analysis published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday claims that the sugar industry sponsored research that cast doubt about sugar’s health risks and promoted fat “as the dietary culprit” in heart disease — and didn’t disclose it.

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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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