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Sugar Intake Linked to Fat Deposits Around the Heart

Aug 15, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Fairuz Afram, PharmD Candidate, University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Increased pericardial adipose tissue volume leads to coronary heart disease, coronary artery calcification, atrial fibrillation, and reduced left ventricular function. 

The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily sugar intake to no more than 37.5 grams for men and 25 grams for women. Diets with high sugar content have been associated with numerous diseases and health conditions besides diabetes and obesity, such as cardiovascular diseases, which represents the leading cause of death in the U.S. 


Multiple risk factors, including high volumes of pericardial adipose tissue (PAT), are tied to cardiovascular diseases....

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