Cardiovascular health awareness is stressed in Syracuse. There is an American Heart Association office located at 5575 Thompson Rd Syracuse (315) 446-8334. And daily many people from the Syracuse community can be seen taking long walks, jogging and riding their bikes at the many Syracuse Parks to help keep their hearts in shape.
Aside from exercise good nutrition is also important for cardiovascular fitness. Bioscholar has reported “Eating too much sugar ‘may put your heart in danger’.” In a recent study increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides were found in adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement. High blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease.
It has been recommended by the American Heart Association that only five percent of your calories be added as sugar. And the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 has suggested an upper limit of 25 percent or less of daily calories be consumed as added sugar.
The study’s senior author, Kimber Stanhope, PhD, has commented “While there is evidence that people who consume sugar are more likely to have heart disease or diabetes, it is controversial as to whether high sugar diets may actually promote these diseases, and dietary guidelines are conflicting.” Stanhope has gone on to say “Our findings demonstrate that several factors associated with an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease were increased in individuals consuming 25 percent of their calories as fructose or high fructose corn syrup, but consumption of glucose did not have this effect.”
In this study it was discovered that participants who consumed fructose or high fructose corn syrup, but not glucose, demonstrated increased concentrations of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and apolipoprotein-B, which is a protein which can lead to plaques that cause vascular disease. Stanhope has concluded “These results suggest that consumption of sugar may promote heart disease.” Therefore, to be on the safe side in dealing with cardiovascular fitness and other health issues such as weight control and diabetes it would appear to be wise to be careful about how much sugar you consume.
Mandel News Service