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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sugar and Cholesterol Levels

We know that our cholesterol levels are impacted adversely by consuming cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats.

An article from JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) on April 21 2010 finds that the higher the intake of added sugar, the lower the HDL "good" cholesterol, and the higher the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

It is likely that this is due to fructose, which leads to increased production of lipids by the liver and decreasing removal of lipids from the blood stream.

So, as part of a healthy diet, here is yet another reason to stay away from foods with added sugar.

3 comments:

Susan G said...

One more reason - and still, I cannot give it up. It is truly an addictive substance.

Lesley said...

Amen!! I started cutting waaayyy down on added sugar in mid-January, and had some labwork done again about a month ago, with the following results:

Total Cholesterol: 246-> 193
Triglycerides: 161--> 114
LDL: 168--> 128

There's still progress to be made, but cutting out added sugar really does make a difference! It's been a big fat struggle at times, but getting those results was a big encouragement! :)

DayslikeToday said...

this is so interesting! On the weekend my boyfriends dad had a cholesterol check up and was called back immediately. Apparantely the highest it should be is about 5 and he had a level of 7? is this serious?