SUG­ARY DE­CEP­TION

Ev­i­dence im­pli­cat­ing sugar in heart dis­ease builds up

Down to Earth - - CONTENTS - AR­CHANA YADAV

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

SORIT / CSE

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