Petite Women At Risk for Heart Ailments?

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Heart diseases are commonly associated with obese or overweight people. This is because of the fact that fatty tissues commonly blocks arteries and blood vessels in the body. Oftenly, fat deposits in the blood vessel linings (medically known as atherosclerosis) and block the circulation of the blood leading to different kinds of heart ailments. However, studies shows that even skinny people can be affected by this killer disease.

Drinking of sugary beverages every day may be the culprit of the heart diseases in thin people even without an obvious increase in their weight. American Heart Association’s meeting in Orlando, Fla. Last Sunday concluded as a finding in a five-year study that in whatever form of sweetened beverages, may it be soda, coffee, tea and the likes, may actually lead to heart disorder if the intake will be two or more times a day.

The ongoing Framingham Heart Study, now in its 63rd year, has also linked drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to heart disease.

“So we looked at its association with individual risk factors” for heart disease, said Christina Shay, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. “Is it blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity? What is it specifically?”

Around 4, 166 people, ages 45 and 84 who were part of the larger Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis study, were followed by Shay and her colleagues.

Shay said that is was “striking” that those women with a sugary drinking habit leads to the formation of high levels of triglycerides, which are a type of fat, but men did not. “These drinks may be influencing heart disease risk factors even if people don’t gain weight,” Shay said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 26.8 million Americans have heart disease, which ranks as the nation’s number one killer. Yet Americans love their soda. The California Department of Public Health reports that the average American drinks 50 gallons of sweetened beverages a year.

Some may wonder if what the connection of sugar to heart diseases. “There are some calories that come like a nuclear attack,” said Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director for center for women’s heart and vascular health Texas Heart Institute. “Eating complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal cause glucose (sugar) to be released slowly into the blood”.

“But have a sugar drink, and all the sugar comes rushing into your system,” Coulter said. Suddenly, if the hormone insulin didn’t respond to the glucose available at the blood stream, it will just remain there. “Daily blasts of too-high blood sugar can disrupt metabolism in several ways”, said Dr. Stephen Devries, a cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “High sugar levels increase triglycerides, lower good cholesterol and prompt the body to make an especially damaging, smaller molecule of bad cholesterol. Too much sugar also raises levels of inflammation, another risk factor heart disease”, Devries said.




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