Evidence implicating sugar in heart disease builds up
Excessive sugar is not just empty calories; it can lead to heart disease
ASA young man, Pradeep Yadav saw his father suffer a heart attack, so he was careful. A teetotaller, he would not drink or smoke, and he exercised regularly. Like a true believer in the diet-heart hypothesis—that cholesterol and saturated fat in food raise the cholesterol level in blood, which in turn raises the risk of heart disease—he would even throw away the cholesterol-rich egg yolk. Then, many years later, one day he felt pain in his chest while jogging.He went for a medical check-up.
His blood report showed abnormal cholesterol levels and slightly high sugar,though not diabetes. The electrical activity of his heart showed disturbing signs.At first glance, Yadav had not come across as a candidate for heart disease to his doctor. He does not even have high blood pressure or obesity,which are associated with the disease.And he is just 40.
Only things not-so-healthy in his lifestyle are that his job at the Indira Gandhi International Airport requires him to do frequent night shifts and he has a sweet tooth. He would frequently have sweet beverages, biscuits and other snacks. Two teaspoons of honey in the morning and a glass of Glucon D after jogging were recent habits.On occasions he overindulged in sweets too. He thought he had earned it because he was keeping his weight in check.
After seeing his health report,Yadav eliminated sugar and snacks from his diet.Within
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