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  • People consuming 25% or more of calories from added sugar were 2.8 times more likely to die from CVD

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014 1:20 pm Email this article

    People consuming 25% or more of calories from added sugar were 2.75 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease during a follow-up of 14.6 years compared to people who consumed less than 10% of calories from added sugar according to a new study.

    “We observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD mortality,” the researchers concluded.

    Nearly Three-Fourths of US Adults Consume more than 10% Added Sugar

    71% of US Adults consume more than 10% of calories as added sugar

    “Most adults consumed 10% or more of calories from added sugar (71.4%) and approximately 10% consumed 25% or more in 2005-2010,” the paper notes.

    Findings True for Most Groups of People of Different Ages, Sex and Race

    Findings True for People of Different Ages, Sex, Race, Education Levels, Physical Activity, BMI

    “These findings were largely consistent across age group, sex, race/ethnicity (except among non-Hispanic blacks), educational attainment, physical activity, health eating index, and body mass index,” the researchers noted.


    Data from 42,000 U.S. adults from NHANES surveys

    The study looked at data from several U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys that is a nationally representative sample of US adults with the number of people including being more than 42,000.


    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 Feb 3; published on-line first.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, Georgia USA

    Rollins School of Public Health
    Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia USA

    Department of Nutrition
    Harvard School of Public Health
    Boston, Massachusetts USA

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