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      Exercise physiologist explains why sugar is harming our heart health

      February is deemed American Heart Month, and a new study shows excess sugar consumption is harming our hearts.

      The study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that the more added sugar people eat, the greater the risk of dying from coronary artery disease. An exercise physiologist at Ottumwa Regional Health Center says with this new information, we should make a goal of consuming less than 100 calories of sugar per day. That's less than one can of regular soda.

      â??Previously diets that were higher in sugar we attributed the for heart disease to be associated with obesity and increased incidents of diabetes, but that study actually showed that just the increase in the consumption of added sugar into their diet, they're increasing their risk of a heart attack by up to three times," Jeff Blegen, exercise physiologist said.

      In addition to reducing sugar in our diets, he encourages people to get 150 minutes of exercise per week.