Sugar linked to heart disease deaths in national study; most eat too much & soda's a culprit

  • Article by: LINDSEY TANNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 2:16 PM

CHICAGO — Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.

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hobie2Feb. 3, 14 8:05 PM

A little more info might be nice- like did the sugar group live longer and then die of heart trouble, or die earlier from heart failure? ... The comments alone don't mean too much without some other details - one group had more calories from the sugar so it was the weight/metabolism and the sugar was associative? or were the average calories per day/BMI/etc. the same?; the sugar group ate less fat or more if calories were the same?; what kind of sugar? Sucrose? Fructose? Lactose? etc... Broad statements like in the report can be misleading - Examples -- we know that milk is fatal - everyone who has drank it has or will die... You take 100 people and feed them sugar only for six months, and not feed 100 others sugar, and one can conclude that sugar saves lives because the second 100 starved to death... just sayin...

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Diogenes9Feb. 3, 14 9:43 PM

Another bad epidemiological study- tailor made for the media. Here are the facts: After being digested and processed in the liver, ALL carbohydrates, sugar included, enter the bloodstream as 95% glucose which is a six-carbon molecule. Nothing sinister about it. People just eat too much of it. The glucose is converted to fat and over time obesity results- the true culprit.

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plizzoFeb. 4, 14 3:50 AM

My grandparents ate cookies, cakes, always had soda pop in the house, and also ate fatty foods. They lived until their mid-80s. What these people don't tell you is that high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems are based more on genetics than on diet. A good diet is important. Having an occasional candy bar or sugary cinnamon roll is not going to kill you! Enjoy life, it does not last forever.

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flusher75Feb. 4, 14 7:46 AM

Do you think we should stop subsidizing the production of sugar? Maybe before self induced diabetes and heart disease completely bankrupt our health care system?

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celtman1Feb. 4, 14 7:55 AM

For over 5 decades I have been watching things like this. What I have learned, almost without fail, is that if you wait long enough, the "studies" will reverse themselves...what was bad is suddenly OK, and what was thought to be OK is now bad. Kinda like listening to politicians...you simply quit listening.

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BroonieFeb. 4, 1410:40 AM

Well, if another study comes out that refutes the claims of this one, it would be the second flip-flop. Back in the '60s when Ancel Keys was falsely demonizing the dangers of fat, a British scientist, John Yudkin, was proclaiming that sugar was the culprit. Keys' theory won out (with a little help from George McGovern's senate committee). It will be interesting to find out where high-fructose corn syrup fits in - it can't be any better for you than granulated sugar and probably is far worse.

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elind56Feb. 4, 1412:19 PM

flusher75 said: "Do you think we should stop subsidizing the production of sugar? Maybe before self induced diabetes and heart disease completely bankrupt our health care system?"---------------------You don't really think that subsidizing sugar production, or any other crop for that matter, means lower prices for the consumer...do you? Regardless of how much free money they get, farmers will always sell their product for whatever the market will bear. Also understand that the government severely restricts sugar imports which allows the domestic sugar producers to jack the price up even further. This is why we see high-fructose-corn-syrup used as a sweetener in so many products. So if you feel that sky-high sugar prices are the answer, we already have that.

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dhenkelsFeb. 4, 1412:50 PM

OK first the headline is misleading. They keep naming soda, which is bad, but what about those fancy chocolaty sugar laden coffees, the monster sized muffins (and eating sugar early in the day has been found to get people eating more of it in the day as well), the large amounts of gatorade/powerade and energy drinks...the fake juices that sound like juice but are more sugar...and chocolate and strawberry flavored milk, which can contain as much sugar as a can of soda... Is sugar bad, yes. Can you eat some? Yes. In moderation. It's staying away from the over processed and eating better for you that will help everyone in the long run.

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dhenkelsFeb. 4, 1412:53 PM

"plizzo - My grandparents ate cookies, cakes, always had soda pop in the house, and also ate fatty foods. They lived until their mid-80s. What these people don't tell you is that high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems are based more on genetics than on diet. A good diet is important. Having an occasional candy bar or sugary cinnamon roll is not going to kill you! Enjoy life, it does not last forever." - Yep, my great grandma had high cholesterol and blood pressure...she died at 97. The numbers they feed us now and want us to be under are also somewhat bogus as they have changed to lowering them as drugs have come on the market to help lower them...go figure. As far as the sweets...you're right, an occasional treat is fine. The problem is the person that has the big cinnamon roll for breakfast, a large soda at lunch and a piece of cake for dessert at dinner. And that's their daily diet...I try to follow the 80/20...80% healthy 20% treats...not always successful but it goes in cycles. And I'd like to break my sugar addiction.

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DilbertFeb. 5, 14 7:42 AM

Sodas not only tend to contain sugar, most of them also have caffiene. That combination would seem to be worse for us than 'just' sugar. Even 'diet' sodas are often loaded with caffiene. I have a friend who took an empty 32 Oz soda bottle and poured in sugar (per 'nutrition facts'), folks noticing the pile of sugar in the bottle had trouble believing that soda contains that much sugar. The caffiene can be like drinking several expressos.

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