We have all known for a long time now that refined sugar is not good for your health. Now theres a study recommending people to cut back on added sugar, stating that sugar is now an independent risk factor for heart disease and other chronic diseases.
The study Added Sugar Intake And Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among U.S. Adults published in JAMA Internal Medicine details identifying the less obvious ways that sugar enters the body. And with products such as BTI320 currently in development, it is possible to address this challenge in a new way.
Carbohydrates have been shown to play a fundamental role in normal cell function as well as in major disease pathologies including cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases, states Dr. David Platt, CEO of Boston Therapeutics. Platts work has contributed to the development of multiple therapeutics for chronic disease, including diabetes. He is currently developing BTI320 formerly known as PAZ320 which is a non-systemic, non-toxic, chewable drug candidate for study in people with Type 2 diabetes. It is believed that BTI320 may have a unique mechanism of action because it aims to block carbohydrates from turning into glucose. This is in contrast to currently available diabetes treatments that work to force blood sugar down only after it has entered the digestive system and organs such as the pancreas.
Because of this role that carbohydrates play in glucose intake, eliminating sugary food and drinks may not be enough and that consideration must be given that carbohydrates may be masking sugars true identity.
Added Sugars And Heart Disease Risk
Just a few weeks ago JAMA Internal Medicine also published a study confirming that those who get 17 to 21 percent of their calories from added sugar have a 38 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. This is compared to those who consumed eight percent of their calories from added sugar. The risk more than doubled for those who consumed 21 or more percent of their calories from added sugar.
These added sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared include candy, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, yeast breads, ready-to-eat cereals and sugar-sweetened beverages. These added sugars and syrups are cited for contributing to obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruits and fruit juices are not included.
This was the first study to show that too much added sugar can lead to heart disease and kill you, says Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., and professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington, as well as chair of the American Heart Associations nutrition committee. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the American diet, Johnson added. They should be limited to 36 ounces or 450 calories a week. Reducing or cutting out soda, fruit, sports and energy drinks as well as enhanced waters, sweetened teas and sugary coffee drinks can go a long way toward that goal.