Cutting sugar causes drop in heart disease risk factors among obese children

University of California
By: Suzanne Leigh, UC San Francisco
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reducing sugar consumption in obese children, rather than cutting calories or starch, or losing weight, leads to a sharp decline in triglycerides and a key protein called ApoC-III – two features that are associated with heart disease in adulthood.

In a study published online today (July 19) and in the current issue of the journal Atherosclerosis, researchers from Touro University California and UC San Francisco reported that triglycerides dropped 33 percent and ApoC-III fell by 49 percent in just 10 days of sugar restriction. The work expands on previous research published last year in the journal Obesity that found restricting sugar – without restricting calories or total carbs -- reversed a cluster of metabolic diseases in children, including high cholesterol and blood pressure.

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