Friday, November 27, 2015

Hold the sugar

Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta reported that heavy consumption of high-sugar, processed foods can raise heart-disease risk. Check lists on the safety of children's playground equipment.

Hold the sugar


I’ll admit it; I am a sucker for processed food. Put a bag of ships or communal candy nearby and I simply can’t resist. Just this morning, I grabbed a couple of chocolate-chip cookies that a kindly colleague put out for public consumption.

This sweet tooth has made it difficult to lose those 25 pounds I pledged to shed on New Year’s Eve, but a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association gives me more cause for concern.

Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta reported that heavy consumption of high-sugar, processed foods can raise heart-disease risk. The researchers found that the higher the participants' consumption of such sugars, the higher their triglyceride (blood sugar) levels, and the lower their HDL cholesterol (aka "good" blood fat) levels.

My colleague Marie McCullough did a brief story on the study for the Personal Health column in Monday’s Health & Science Section. Another interesting piece in the column by colleague Sandy Bauers looks at the safety of children’s playground equipment, pointing parents to a check lists provided by researchers from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
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