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what effect does sugar have on cholesterol levels in blood?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Sugars do not raise: Sugars in chocolates, cookies etc can elevate your triglyceride level but not cholesterol level.But fat in cookis and chocolates and other sweets can elevate your bad cholesterol.But sugars can cause reduction in HDL,the good cholesterol which further contributes to increased risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Converts to TG: Sugar gets converted to bad cholesterol (triglycerides) in the body. This can cause heart disease, fatty liver and generalized inflammation in the body. You can find some useful links on: https://kaushikmd.com/category/article/
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Although Trglycerides are fats and High Triglycerides are a risk factor for Cardiovascular Diseases.But Trglycerides are not Cholesterol.It may however cause unhealthy Cholesterol status by reducing the HDL,the good cholesterol.But sugars do not raise LDL,the bad cholesterol level
Dec 2, 2016
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Guidlines now favor treatment of risk factors and LDL but not triglycerides. Experimental med to raise HDL failed to lower strokes or heart attacks and the med was abandoned.
Dec 5, 2016
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
I disagree sir.Elevated Triglycerides is part of the Metabolic Syndrome and as such is a risk for Cardiovascular events.There the guidelines state that Elevated triglycerides be treated depending on the level.First try diet and exercise and weight reduction if overweight.And if not successful treat with either Fibrites,Niacin,Omega3 or statins.If these are over 500 mgm,that is a risk for Pancreati
Dec 5, 2016
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Lowers HDL: Sugar consumption significantly lowers the beneficial HDL form of cholesterol, thus increasing risk of heart disease, and also raises triglycerides. The main cause of heart disease is not high cholesterol but inflammation and sugar increases inflammation. See http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20100420/high-sugar-diet-linked-lower-good-cholesterol#1 and http://tinyurl.com/axtab4d

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