Too much sugar consumption has been linked to a host of health conditions. It may be even dangerous for women. We say so, because a new study has warned that consumption of sugary drinks - like soft drinks, sweetened bottled waters, or teas and fruit drinks with added sugar -- can increase heart disease risk in women. Compared to women who never consume sugary drinks, those who had one or more per day were at 26 per cent higher risk for cardiovascular disease. They were more likely to have a revascularization procedure or angioplasty to open clogged arteries. Drinking sugary beverages was also found to be associated with higher risk of suffering a stroke. According to the researchers, sugar raises glucose levels and insulin concentrations in the blood, which increases appetite and lead to obesity, a major risk factor for heart disease. Excessive sugar in the blood can cause oxidative stress and inflammation, insulin resistance, unhealthy cholesterol profiles and type 2 diabetes. These conditions are strongly linked to the development of atherosclerosis, the slow narrowing of the arteries that underlies most cardiovascular disease - explained study lead author Cheryl Anderson from University of California San Diego in the US.The highest sugar-sweetened beverage intake was found among younger women, those who are current smokers, and obese persons. The study is published in the JAHA: Journal of the American Heart Association. Here are five more reasons why too much sugar is bad for you.