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CHOLESTEROL VIDEO: Added Sugars in Diet Connected to Rise in LDL Cholesterol (Interview with Dr. Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, Emory University)
CHOLESTEROL VIDEO: Added Sugars in Diet Connected to Rise in LDL Cholesterol (Interview with Dr. Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, Emory University)

(April 20, 2010 - Insidermedicine)

Increased intake of added sugar is associated with a poorer lipid profile, according to research published in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Here are some recommendations from the American Heart Association regarding intake of added sugar:

•    Intake of beverages and foods with added sugars should be minimized

•    The primary reasons are to lower total calorie intake and promote nutrient adequacy.

•    Individuals who consume large amounts of beverages with added sugars tend to consume more calories and gain weight

Researchers out of Emory University in Atlanta conducted a cross-sectional study involving 6,113 U.S. adults participating in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The investigators grouped the participants based on intake of added sugars using limits specified by dietary recommendations: <5%, 5-<10%, 10-<17.5%, 17.5-<25%, or =25% of total calories and looked at differences in cholesterol and triglyceride levels among the groups.

Adjusted mean HDL cholesterol levels diminished and triglyceride levels increased as calories from added sugar increased in relation to total calories consumed. Among women, an increase in LDL cholesterol was also associated with a proportional increase in intake of added sugars. Among those for whom 10% of more of total calories were derived from added sugar, the odds of having low HDL were 50 to more than 300% greater compared with those whose proportional caloric intake from added sugar was less than 5%.

Today’s research highlights the need to monitor intake of added sugar.

 
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