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  • People getting 25% of calories from sugar 2.8 times more likely to die from heart attack or stroke

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    Monday, December 26, 2016 11:56 am Email this article

    People consuming 25% or more of calories from added sugar were 2.8 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (heart attack or stroke) compared to people getting less than 10% of their calories from added sugar according to a recent analysis by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    This was after adjusting for age, sex, race/ethnicity as well as sociodemographic, behavioral, and clinical characteristics.


    Conclusion: High sugar intake associated with greater risk of dying from heart attack and stroke

    “A higher percentage of calories from added sugar is associated with significantly increased risk of CVD mortality,” the authors of the paper concluded.


    Subjects: data from 43,000 people

    They analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES, 1988-1994 [III], 1999-2004, and 2005-2010 [which included 31,147 people] for the time trend analysis and NHANES III Linked Mortality cohort (1988-2006 [which included 11,733 people]), a prospective cohort of a nationally representative sample of US adults for the association study.

    The average follow-up was 14.6 years.


    Yang Q, Zhang Z, Gregg EW, Flanders WD, Merritt R, and Hu FB. Added sugar intake and cardiovascular diseases mortality among US adults. JAMA Intern Med, 2014 Apr; 174(4): 516-524.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Quanhe Yang, PhD
    Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    4770 Buford Hwy, Mail Stop F-72
    Atlanta, GA 30341 USA
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