Researchers say that in only fourteen days your consumption of sugary beverages that contain high levels of fructose corn syrup you can increase your risks for cardiovascular disease.

The Study High Sugar

Researchers from the University of California at Davis took eighty five participants and divided them into four groups. The four groups were each given drinks that contained between zero and twenty five percent high fructose corn syrup. The study group that got beverages with no high fructose corn syrup content received beverages that contained aspartame.

For fifteen days, the people taking part the study drank the beverages they were given on a daily basis. After the fifteen days, the researchers examined the group and compared their risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The participants showed higher levels in their lipoproteins, their triglycerides, and in their uric acid levels. The more corn syrup that the participants consumed the higher their levels of these elements were, and the greater their risk factors for cardiovascular disease were.

What the study shows

The results of this study clearly point out that human beings are very sensitive to high levels of dietary sugars. The study leader, Kimber Stanhope, said that the harmful effects of excess sugar consumption was made obvious by the study results.

What the study shows

According to the American Heart Association, our daily sugar intake should not exceed one hundred calories for women and one hundred and fifty calories for men. Men are allowed to have a higher amount of sugar because men can have a higher total calorie intake per day, but men actually show the adverse effects of the high fructose sugary drinks more than the female participants do.

What doctors can gain from the study

Doctors and medical professionals can gain the importance of urging patients to reduce their daily sugar consumption. Armed with the knowledge that it takes only fifteen days of daily added sugar consumption to cause damaging effects, and increase cardiovascular risks, doctors can make stronger recommendations to their patients.

Educational Opportunities

This study should be used by educational institutions to point out to the students how dangerous sugar really is, and what choices they can make to replace sugary drinks, and foods with added sugars in their dietary choices.

What Parents can do

Parents can start a no sugar household. Eliminating the added sugars from the diets of children will cause them to be more likely to avoid high fructose corn syrup foods when they are away from home.

Sugar is an addicting substance and the more of it a person eats or drinks the more of it they want to eat and drink. It has been connected with heart disease in this study, and with obesity, and with the increasing numbers of type II diabetes. Teaching children and adolescents to avoid this addicting food will improve the health of the nation, and possibly reduce the cost of treating people with cardiovascular conditions.