PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Your sweet tooth could be more dangerous than you think.

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine claims that consuming too much sugar could actually kill you.

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While scientists have previously shown high sugar intake ups a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, the new study is the first to link sugar consumption to death.

According to researchers from the CDC, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and the Harvard School of Public Health, those who got more than the recommended 10% of their calories from sugar were nearly three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who ate low sugar diets.

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Researchers say the findings were consistent regardless of age, sex, race, BMI, educational attainment, etc.

The results came from an in-depth analysis of more than 15 years worth of data from 31,000 people who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Seventy percent of American adults consume more added sugar than the World Health Organization’s recommended 10%.

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