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Emily Sonestedt

Emily Sonestedt

Associate senior lecturer

Emily Sonestedt

Association between sugar intake and intima media thickness as a marker for atherosclerosis : A cross-sectional study in the Malmö diet and cancer study (Sweden)

Author

  • Esther González-Padilla
  • Suzanne Janzi
  • Stina Ramne
  • Camilla Thuneland
  • Yan Borné
  • Emily Sonestedt

Summary, in English

It has been suggested that sugar intake may play a role in the development of atherosclero-sis. However, studies on this matter are lacking. Intima media thickness (IMT) is a well-established measurement of subclinical atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate the cross-sectional association between sugar intake (i.e., added, free and total sugar and sugar-rich foods and beverages) and IMT. Our study comprised 5269 individuals (45–73 years, 40% men) of the Malmö Diet and Cancer Study, a population-based cohort conducted in Sweden with data collected from 1991 to 1994. Measurements of IMT were performed with B-mode ultrasound at the right common carotid artery (IMTcca) and the bifurcation of the carotids (IMTbif). Dietary intake was estimated using a combina-tion of a 7-day food record, diet questionnaire and interview. After adjusting for methodological, lifestyle and dietary confounders, no statistically significant associations were observed for any of the sugar intake variables and IMT. For example, added sugar intake presented no significant linear association with IMTcca or IMTbif (Ptrends: IMTcca 0.81 for men and 0.98 for women and IMTbif 0.20 for men and 0.40 for women). In conclusion, we found no clear association between sugar intake and IMT measurements in this study.

Department/s

  • Nutrition Epidemiology
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health
  • EXODIAB: Excellence of Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • EPI@LUND
  • Cardiovascular Research - Epidemiology
  • Diabetes - Cardiovascular Disease

Publishing year

2021-05

Language

English

Publication/Series

Nutrients

Volume

13

Issue

5

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

MDPI AG

Topic

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems

Keywords

  • Added sugar
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Free sugar
  • IMT
  • Intima media thickness
  • SSB
  • Sugar intake
  • Sugar-rich foods
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Total sugar

Status

Published

Project

  • Sugar consumption and cardio-metabolic risk factors

Research group

  • Nutrition Epidemiology
  • EPI@LUND
  • Cardiovascular Research - Epidemiology
  • Diabetes - Cardiovascular Disease

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2072-6643