The Dangers Of Sugar

The Dangers Of Sugar

The dangers of sugar are not obvious. The danger comes with the amount and daily intake

The dangers of sugar are compounded by repeated use. Sugar works slowly, its devastating results often taking years to manifest themselves in measurable ways, such as diabetes.

The Dangers Of Sugar

By D. S. Mitchell

When I started writing this article, my intention was to write a quick easy read, nothing in-depth, certainly nothing scientific. Something along the lines of, “Ten Reasons To Kick The Sugar Habit”. That plan was quickly dashed as I read one scary article after another explaining the dangers of sugar consumption. If you are suffering from any of the diseases highlighted in this article, remember, you are not alone. If you want a better, longer life, it is time to take a look at your relationship with sugar in all of its malevolent forms. 

THE DANGERS OF SUGAR: PART ONE

Sixty-Five Pounds Annually

The average American consumes 65 pounds of sugar annually without even being aware of it. That information alone should be a heart stopper. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) of added sugar per day and women no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams). On average each of us ingests 19.5 teaspoons or 78 grams a day. Research on the dangers of sugar on health are ongoing, and new information is being constantly being uncovered.

Dangerous And Addictive

If there was ever any doubt about the dangers of sugar they are being put to rest by a series of scientific studies. Research is proving sugar is both dangerous and extremely addictive. A person who drinks one 20 oz sugary beverage every day will cut their life expectancy by nearly five years. That is,  comparable to being a regular smoker. If that fact doesn’t get your attention, read on, it gets worse, a whole lot worse.

Just As Bad

Sugar does a lot of damage to our bodies.  With all the negative news about sugar is there an alternative?  Some people say, “just use a sugar replacement.” Whoa.  Evidence is mounting that sucralose, saccharin and aspartame are just as dangerous as sugar.  Research shows that sugar replacements injure and destroy the essential microbiome in the gut.  Microbiome are the millions of microorganisms inside our bodies that help us stay alive.  These microbes protect us against germs, they also break down food to release energy, and produce vitamins.

Find A Garbage Can

To make it clear, sugar substitutes are just as bad as the real thing.  In addition to the physical damage products like sucralose do, they are also associated with weight gain and glucose intolerence-the very things people use them to prevent.  Those folks trying to cut down on sugar may be drawn to advertised benefits such as “maple syrup’s antioxidant benefits” or “honey’s healing power”.  Forget such misinformation.  Sugar is sugar, no matter what form it takes. I suggest that no one consume them.  Keep them out of the house.  If you have any of these sugar substitutes in your cupboard toss them in the closest garbage can.

Highs And Lows

The body’s reaction to sugar is like taking a roller coaster ride; an unending ride to extreme highs, followed by extreme lows, sending the body into a spiral of endless cravings. People report being “hungry all the time”. Descriptions include “being obsessed with food”, and literally feeling “addicted” to food. It makes perfect sense, because everything they eat and drink is loaded with sugar.

Addictive Cycle

High sugar intake sends the body into a crazy, roller coaster ride of ups and downs.

The danger of sugar is easy to describe, it is addictive, sharing all the highs and lows of  any other addictive drug.

The danger of sugar is easy to describe.  As the addictive cycle begins, say after you eat a piece of cake, a predictable pattern begins.  Blood glucose begins to rise.  Then, Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers is released, messaging that everything is “great”.  Meanwhile, if you are not a diabetic, your pancreas is busy releasing insulin into your blood stream to help lower the threat of rising blood sugar.  High insulin levels signal the body to store fat throughout the body, including the liver.  With the release of insulin, blood glucose drops.

Another Piece Of Cake

As the sugar high subsides, your brain begins sending signals that you are ‘hungry’.  The ‘false hunger’ signals kick cravings into high gear, demanding another piece of cake. Predictably, as you consume that second piece or cake, or cookie, the sugar driven roller coaster takes the body on another crazy, dizzying ride.

Mood Swings

The ups and downs of unstable blood sugar will cause a person to experience mood swings, fatigue, and headaches.  As described in the “addictive cycle” unstable blood glucose contributes to cravings, which begins the cycle of “false hunger”.  When the body is under stress, it immediately kicks into fight-or-flight mode, releasing large amounts of stimulating hormones.  Interestingly, the body has the same chemical response when it detects low blood sugar, created by the insulin response.  After eating a sweet snack, stress hormones begin to compensate for the crash, by raising your blood sugar.  Unexplained anxiousness, irritability, and even tremors often result.  By contrast, those who avoid sugar have fewer cravings, and feel emotionally balanced and energized.

Sleeplessness

Can’t sleep?  Thirty percent of Americans complain of insomnia, or interrupted sleep.  Sugar may be keeping you up at night.  Researchers have found that eating more sugar, along with less fiber and more saturated fat, is associated with lighter, more disrupted and less restorative sleep.  Insomnia has been connected to diabetes, obesity and heart disease.  This deadly trio of health conditions, is now being directly tied to sugar consumption.

Sugar And Mental Health

Consuming high-sugar products like cookies, candy and sugary drinks, are associated with a higher risk of depression.  Researchers believe that blood sugar swings, neurotransmitter dysfunction, and inflammation may all be reasons for sugar’s detrimental impact on mental health.  Sugar in fact, could be making you sad and depressed.  Capping off a bad day with a comforting sugar laden snack may make you feel worse in the long run.

Increased Depression

A recent Columbia University study found that post-menopausal women whose diets were high in added sugar and refined grains were at a high risk for depression. Study participants, that ate more dietary fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and unprocessed fruits had a decreased risk of depression. In another study, men who consumed 67 grams or more of sugar per day were 23% more likely to develop depression than men who ate less than 40 grams per day.

THE DANGER OF SUGAR: PART TWO

Obesity And Diabetes

Sugar is bad for your body mass index (BMI).  According to a 2015 study, people who ate the most sugar were likely to be overweight (that is you have a body mass index over 25).  Rates of obesity have been on the rise worldwide and added sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened beverages, is one of the biggest factors. Foods that quickly affect blood sugar literally force the body, through insulin production, to store fat, leading to obesity.

Joint Damage Worsened By Obesity

Obesity is caused by consuming too much sugar and not exercising enough. Obesity is correlated to diabetes.  Diabetes diagnoses’ has doubled over the last 30 years.  It is clear there is a link between excessive sugar consumption and obesity, increasing the risk of diabetes, and a cascade of other health issues.  Obesity increases the risk of developing gout.  Gout is an inflammatory condition characterized by pain in the joints.  Added sugars raise uric acid levels in the blood, increasing the risk of developing or worsening gout.  Obesity also worsens joint damage due to the increased pounds per pressure on delicate joints.

Insulin Resistance

Prolonged high-sugar consumption and the higher blood sugars that it causes damages the normal insulin response.  Physicians describe the body’s resulting physical reaction as “insulin resistance”.  Insulin resistance can best be described as a resistance to the hormone insulin, resulting in increasing blood sugar.  The hormone insulin is designed to control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood.  With insulin resistance the body’s cells no longer respond normally to insulin.  When glucose can no longer enter the cells as easily, it builds up in the blood making high blood sugar readings a hallmark of diabetes.

More Studies

Insulin resistance can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.  One study, using data from over 175 countries, found that the risk of developing diabetes grew by 1.1% for every 150 calories of sugar, consumed per day.  About the same calories as in a bottle of soda.  Other studies have further shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages, including fruit juice, are more likely to develop diabetes. Just another reason, that experts claim sugar is dangerous.  Weight loss and regular exercise can help reverse insulin resistance.

Kidney Damage

Having consistently high blood sugar levels damage the delicate blood vessels in the kidneys.  Kidney disease is one of the most common complications of diabetes, affecting about 40% of people who have diabetes.  Kidneys are essential to filter toxins from the body. Kidney failure cannot be fixed.  The standard treatments include hemodialysis and kidney transplant.  I think cutting back on sugar intake tops either of these options.

Keep Breathing

Smoking is considered a bad habit not an addiction

The two most common risk factors for lung damage are smoking and diabetes.

The gaseous exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place in the lungs. The lungs are filled with a branched structure of airways called bronchi and smaller airways called bronchioles.  Located at the end of the bronchioles are the alveoli.  It is in the alveoli that the exchange of gases takes place.  Lung capacity is reduced if the lungs become diseased or damaged.  The two most common risk factors for lung damage are diabetes and smoking.  Diabetes can adversely affect our breathing in several different ways.  Breathing difficulties don’t affect everyone with diabetes and the risk of having difficulty breathing can be reduced by maintaining good blood sugar control and maintaining a normal weight.

Asthma And Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sugar is bad for your breathing.  There is a link between sugar sweetened beverages and asthma.  Adults who downed at least two sugar loaded drinks a day were more likely to have respiratory issues.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that results in difficulty breathing while asleep.  With this condition the muscles in the throat collapse inwards, blocking the airway.  This may happen partly, or completely, and can disturb sleep.  Being overweight is the main risk factor of sleep apnea.  People with diabetes have a 3 times higher risk of developing sleep apnea than those who do not.

Hypertension

Sugar is more dangerous than salt, where high blood pressure is concerned.  A high fructose diet can push your blood pressure over the 120/80 threshold, which is the upper end of normal.  New research indicates that added sugar intake may have a more dramatic effect on blood pressure than ever before realized-and, in fact, could be more harmful to heart health than sodium.

Cholesterol Levels

Sugar disturbs cholesterol levels.  A 2010 study discovered that as subjects’ added-sugar intake went up, their levels of HDL (good cholesterol) dropped, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease.  In the same study, women in particular, who ate or drank more added sugar had higher levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) density.

Atherosclerosis

Sugar is dangerous.  I know I keep saying it, but science is proving it. Consuming too much sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks, has been linked to atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by fatty, artery-clogging deposits.  A study of over 30,000 people found that those who consumed 17–21% of calories from added sugar had a nearly 40% greater risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those consuming less than 10% of calories from added sugar.  Again, the biggest sugar sources are sweetened beverages, and fruit drinks, followed by, grain based treats such as muffins, and dairy desserts like ice cream.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide.  Dangerous high sugar diets are directly associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Dangerous sugary diets increase the amount of visceral fat.  Visceral fat is deep belly fat associated with both diabetes and heart disease.  Evidence suggests that high-sugar diets can lead to obesity, inflammation, higher cholesterol, high triglycerides, higher blood glucose, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure — all risk factors for heart disease.

Cancer

Being sick can be made worse by sugar.  One sugar danger is that it interferes with the way the body fights disease.  Bacteria and yeast use sugar as a food source.  It makes sense that excess glucose in the body causes these organisms to build up and cause infections.  Cancer cells also love sugar and are attracted to it.  Research has uncovered a link between sugar and squamous cell carcinoma.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is hard to treat and accounts for about a quarter of all lung cancers.  A recent study found, four types of squamous cell cancers consume sugar, lots of sugar.  Sugar causes inflammation, which is elemental in insulin resistance.  Inflammation and insulin resistance increase cancer risks. Added sugar consumption heightens the risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer and cancer of the small intestine.  Women with high sugar intake are more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who consumed little sugar.

High-Glycemic vs Low-Glycemic

Research on the link between added sugar intake and cancer is ongoing, and more studies are needed to grasp the complex relationship.  One study suggests a link between high-glycemic diets and particular forms of cancer.  Foods with a high glycemic index, such as processed sweets, raise your blood sugar more rapidly than foods with a lower glycemic index, apparently feeding those  hungry cancer cells.

Liver Disease

Sugar is as dangerous for your liver as alcohol.  The high intake of fructose has been consistently linked to an increased risk of what is called fatty liver disease.  Unlike glucose and other types of sugar, which are taken up by many cells throughout the body, fructose is almost exclusively broken down by the liver.  In the liver, fructose is converted into energy, or stored as glycogen.  The glucose from glycogen can be quickly mobilized and is a good source of energy for sudden, strenuous activity.  However, the liver can only store a limited amount of glycogen before excess amounts are turned into fat.  Large amounts of added sugar in the form of fructose overload your liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

NAFLD

Sugar belly

The cause of the sugar belly is that the liver breaks down excess fructose into fat globules.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is a condition characterized by excessive fat buildup in the liver.  A significant visible red flag is the “sugar belly”.   Sugar belly is like a beer belly.  The cause of the sugar belly is that the liver breaks down excess fructose into fat globules.  Those fat globules travel through the bloodstream and lodge around your midsection and internal organs.  And like the liver damage produced by alcohol, NAFLD causes inflammation and scarring.  It is one of the primary causes of liver transplants.  One study of adults showed that participants who drank sugar-sweetened beverages daily had a nearly 60 percent higher risk of developing NAFLD, when compared to people who do not.

Immune Function

Sugar takes the place of important nutrients.  According to USDA data, people who consume the most sugar also have the lowest intakes of essential nutrients––especially vitamins A, C, B-12, and calcium.  The trade-off is especially dangerous for children and teens, who simultaneously consume the most sugar and need the most nutrients.  Chromium, a trace mineral, is another regulator of blood sugar.  It can be found in meats, seafood, and plant foods.  Ninety percent of Americans don’t get enough chromium because of the process of refining starches.  Carbohydrates also rob foods of their chromium supplies, so limiting your carbs is your best bet for increasing those crucial mineral levels. A high-sugar diet will undoubtedly lead to chromium deficiency.

THE DANGER OF SUGAR: PART THREE

Kids And Sugar

Sugar won’t make kids hyperactive.  It is actually worse.  Studies show that sugar doesn’t affect children’s behavior, but it does spike blood pressure and cholesterol.  When researchers reduced sugar consumption in young subjects for just 9 days there was a measurable reduction in blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  The average American teenage boy consumes 35 teaspoons of sugar each day.  Among kids aged 12-19 the greatest source of added sugar comes from soda, energy and sports drinks.  Approximately 20 percent of American adolescents are obese.  To put that in perspective, forty years ago, childhood obesity was less than 5 percent.  Clearly whether a child or an adult, excess sugar leads to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, higher cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Cognition In Children

Sugar also affects how children think.  A decade ago, New York City public schools reduced the amount of sugar in their breakfasts and lunches.  After those changes, the academic ranking of schools in the district soared by nearly 16 percent.  Previously, the greatest improvement ever seen had been 1.7 per cent.  This ground breaking study further eliminated artificial colors, synthetic flavoring, and two preservatives, demonstrating the importance of natural ingredients in children’s diets.

Acne

A diet high in refined carbs, including sugary foods and drinks, has been associated with developing acne.  Sugary foods spike blood sugar and insulin levels, which in turn increases androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which cause acne.  Low-glycemic diets are associated with a reduced acne risk, while high-glycemic diets are linked to a greater risk.  Young people who consumed added sugar had a 30 percent greater risk of developing acne.  Other studies have shown that rural communities that consume traditional, non-processed foods have almost no acne, compared to more urban, high-income areas.  These findings coincide with the theory that diets high in processed, sugar-laden foods contribute to skin conditions such as acne.

Dementia

Lets switch the conversation from dangers of sugar to children to the danger to older adults.  Sugar appears to accelerate cognitive decline in adults.  Dangerous high-sugar diets lead to impaired memory and are linked to an  increased risk of dementia.  English researchers found a molecular link between sugary diets and early Alzheimer’s disease.  Glycation is the chemical bonding (covalent) attachment of a sugar to a protein or lipid.  That glycation, causes damage to an enzyme that is known to cut abnormal protein buildup in the brain.  Protein build up in brain matter is a known characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.  Typical sugars that take part in glycation are glucose, fructose, or their derivatives.  Glycation is a biomarker for diabetes and is implicated in multiple diseases of aging.

Sugar Damages Skin

Sugar affects body composition, and damages skin, contributing to wrinkles and sagging.  Wrinkles are a natural sign of aging. They appear eventually, regardless of your health.  However, poor food choices can worsen wrinkles and speed the skin aging process.  After sugar hits the bloodstream, it attaches to proteins.  The mix of these proteins with sugar causes the skin to lose elasticity and leads to premature aging.  Advanced Glycation End (AGE’s) are formed by reactions between sugar and proteins in the body.  AGEs damage collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help the skin stretch and keep its youthful appearance.  When collagen and elastin are damaged, the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.

Telomeres

Telomeres are found at the end of chromosomes.  Chromosomes are molecules that hold a person’s genetic information.  Telomeres act as protective caps, preventing chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing together.  Telomeres naturally shorten as people age.  Such shortening causes cells to age and malfunction.  As in so many other situations where sugar is involved, a normal part of aging is accelerated by unhealthy lifestyle choices.  A study of 5,309 adults showed that those people regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages saw a dramatic shortening of telomeres and abnormal cellular aging.

Energy Levels

Products that are loaded with dangerous sugars, but lack proteins, fiber or fat lead to a brief energy boost that’s quickly followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar, often called a “crash”.  Having constant blood sugar swings can lead to major fluctuations in energy levels.  To avoid this energy draining cycle it is best to choose carbohydrate sources that are low in added sugar and rich in fiber and fat.  Pairing carbs with protein, or fat, is a great way to keep blood sugar and energy levels stable.  As an example, eating an apple along with a small serving of almonds is an excellent snack that offers prolonged, and consistent energy levels.

Tooth Decay

Sugar is without a doubt, bad for teeth.   Mom was right, sugar causes cavities. Here’s what happens when you sip a sweet Starbuck’s beverage.  The average flavored latte comes in at around 45 grams of sugar. The bacteria in your mouth thrives on sugar.  Put simply, bacteria loves sugar.  Sugar provides bacteria with energy, causing these micro-organisms to multiply.  Tooth decay starts when the growing bacteria creates a film of plaque on the tooth surface. The plaque  then produces an acid that dissolves the minerals (demineralization) that make up the hard surface of teeth.

Plaque

The longer plaque builds up, the worse the damage is.  First, tiny holes appear and they expand until they become cavities. With all the other life-threatening effects of sugar, we sometimes forget the most basic cosmetic damage it does.  It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, or more, to stop sugars from fueling plaque and bacteria. Twice yearly professional cleaning by a dental hygienist is highly recommended.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque. Plaque as earlier described is that sticky film containing bacteria on the teeth and gums.  The bacteria found in plaque produce toxins that can irritate the gums, causing them to become red, puffy, inflamed, and even bleed.  Sugar is a primary culprit leading to bleeding gums.  Most kids grow up learning about the connection between candy and cavities.  Turns out, a high sugar diet increases the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Signs of periodontal disease include bad breath, bleeding gums, and sensitive teeth.  Periodontal disease is the most common cause of gum compromise and tooth loss in older adults.

Gum Disease, And Heart Disease

Evidence indicates that chronic infections, like those that result from dental disease, play a significant role in the development of heart disease.  Most researchers believe that the connection stems from the body’s inflammatory response to infection.  Fortunately, this works both ways.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle decreases the risk for common illnesses, which in turn, reduces the chance that such disease processes will cause more serious conditions later in life.

Now What?

The dangers of sugar are a really big deal.  Understanding that sugar is dangerous and is a killer that inflicts its compounding damage slowly is elemental in making important lifestyle choices, such as limiting sugar intake.  There are however, incredible obstacles facing people who want to escape the sugar caravan.

Subtracting Added Sugar

Understanding the dangerous effects of sugar on your body and mind, should want all us to make better food choices.  The first step is education. Identifying added sugars and their danger is essential to making informed choices.  When it comes to convenience and packaged foods, my advice is, let the ingredients label be your guide.  Counter intuitively, many low carb or “diet” foods contain added sugar.  Some food labels attempt to hide sugar content.  The FDA has made some changes to nutrition labels for packaged foods to better highlight the links between chronic disease and early death, but those labels don’t do much good if they are ignored.

Daily Value (DV)

A particularly welcome change is the way new labeling lists sugar.  Added sugars are now noted separately on the Nutrition Facts chart. Naturally occurring sugars are shown elsewhere.  Labels now show the Daily Value (DV) that people should consume.  More than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar is too much.  These labeling changes are at risk every day under the Trump administration.

Incognito vs Disclosure

If you are looking at the label and it doesn’t list added sugar, scan the ingredients for one of the often used pseudonyms for sugar, listed below. Reading food labels is one of the best ways to check your intake of added sugar.  Manufacturers often use the following names to hide added sugar.

  • brown sugar
  • corn sweetener
  • corn syrup
  • fruit juice concentrates
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • malt sugar
  • molasses
  • syrup sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose).  Beware: There is more incognito sugar.  Manufacturers use other sneaky pseudonyms to conceal high sugar content: Amazake, Carob powder, and Evaporated cane juice.

“No Sugar Added”

“No sugar” added on a label does not mean healthy.  Even if a label says 100 percent juice, it isn’t a license to chug with abandon.  The drink may have no added sweeteners, but it’s naturally occurring sugars are far more concentrated than what you’d find in a piece of fruit. Unlike oranges or apples, which are high in fiber, juice offers empty calories and provides minimal nutritional value.

Beware Of These Products

The six convenience foods mentioned here seem to be healthy choices, but in fact, they contain a startling amount of hidden and dangerous sugars.

Trail Mix: A quarter cup of commercially sold trail mix typically has 16 grams of sugar. It is not at all healthy, please just pass on it.

Oatmeal: This one really upset me, because I love these oatmeal packets.  I feel betrayed.  Flavored oatmeal packets look like a healthy plan for a busy morning, but they can contain as much as 12 grams of sugar per serving.  Once I add that heaping tablespoon of sugar I typically use, I have a quick breakfast with 24 grams of sugar.  That 24 grams matches my entire day’s sugar allotment.  Time to eliminate this “good” choice from my routine, and yours.

Yogurt: A 5-ounce serving of fruit flavored yogurt typically has 22-25 grams of sugar. If you top it with a quarter cup of store-bought granola, you added at least another 6 grams of sugar.  That one little yogurt cup exceeds the recommended daily added sugar intake. Eye opening.

Smoothies: A 16 ounce store-bought smoothie or a coffee drink is loaded with sugar.  These drinks can have anywhere from 30 to 80 grams of sugar. OMG.  I can remember several years ago, pulling into a McDonald’s drive thru to get a McCafe mocha drink. This was the first day McDonald’s began posting the calorie count on the menu board. My favorite drink was 850-1100 calories.  I never bought another McCafe drink.

Candy Bar: A 1.6 ounce Hershey bar has 24 grams of sugar.

Salad dressing: Grabbing a salad for lunch is smart, but not if you load up on dressing.  One serving of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing has 30 grams of sugar.

The Lie Of Fat Free

Many people associate the terms “fat-free” and “low-fat” with healthy foods. Some nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are naturally low in fat. However, processed low-fat foods usually has a lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.  These can lead to excessive hunger, weight gain and disease. For optimal health, it’s best to consume unprocessed, whole foods.

Sweet Tooth

People lose their sweet tooth after a short time of reducing sugar intake.  It is a palate phenomenon, and that process doesn’t take long.  People soon notice that they can now taste the natural sweetness in unprocessed food, and soon find the taste of processed products disgusting and unpleasant.

Sugar Addiction

Studies over several years show that sugar elevates levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which forms a key part of the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.  That’s remarkably similar to the effects of nicotine and morphine on the brain.  There is growing evidence that sugar leads to cravings and withdrawal which are the hallmarks of addictive disorders.  You can see the effects on an MRI.  A drug used to treat cocaine and nicotine addiction can help with sugar addiction. Researchers have used Varenicline successfully in the treatment of severe cases of sugar addiction.

Change Can Be Good

The Keto diet is one of the best way to reduce your weight and your sugar intake.

The Keto Diet is a high-fat, low-carb regime. Amazon sells many books on the subject.

Realistically, eliminating sugar will change your life for the better, and in most cases, there is no need for special medications or treatment.  What it takes is recognizing the danger of sugar and deciding to take control of your life.  Many people are taking a look at the Ketogenic Diet, one specifically recommended by my doctor.  The Keto lifestyle is simply high-fat, low-carb. There are a multitude of books on the subject. Check one out from the library or go on-line and buy one from Amazon. I believe it is probably the easiest and best option for escaping the danger of sugar.

Selected References

1. Bell, S.J., Sears, B., “Low-glycemic-load diets: impact on obesity and chronic diseases.” Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition, 43(4), 2003, pages 357-77.

2. Michaud, D.S., Liu, S., Giovannucci, E., et al., “Dietary Sugar, Glycemic Load, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk in a Prospective Study.” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 94(17), 2002, pages 1293-1300.

3. Romieu, I., Lazcano-Ponce, E., Sanchez-Zamorano, L.M., et al., “Carbohydrates and the Risk of Breast Cancer Among Mexican Women.” Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers Preview, 13(8), 2004, pages 1283-1289.

4. Loney, Sidney, 25 Ways Sugar is Making You Sick, Reader’s Digest, 2018 pages

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