Referring to the Deseret News (Tuesday, Feb. 4) article titled "Sugar tied to fatal heart woes," when I was about 20, I read in a local health book that "sugar is bad for you." I had been experiencing digestive problems so I decided to give it up completely and see what happened.

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I felt way, way better without sugar and decided to make this my law for life: no sugar. I learned for myself that even small amounts of sugar in any form was not good for me, and probably any human body.

People back then said I was weird. I didn't care, I felt better and that's all that mattered. Now I'm 69 and one of the healthiest men I know — even healthier than a lot of men 20 years younger. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that sugar is shown to increase blood pressure and levels of unhealthy cholesterol and increased inflammation, leading to heart disease. Give up sugar for a few weeks and see for yourself.

Jon Burton

Salt Lake City