Sugar - the sweet killer
Carbohydrates are an important source of energy. We get carbohydrates from grains, potatoes, rice, beans, vegetables and sugar. Sugar is special, because it is easily absorbed by the body and provides a rapid rise in blood sugar.
When sugar is digested, it is divided into glucose and fructose. They are toxic to the body. Digestion of sugar and other sweeteners stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin converts glucose to energy and excess glucose to fat (triglycerides). Insulin is therefore important for our metabolism.
The liver processes excess fructose into small, dense LDL particles. They are harmful, because they create inflammation.
Failure of the pancreas to produce insulin results in Type I diabetes. When glucose no longer can be processed, it results in toxic reactions in the body, including inflammation in the the blood vessels
High consumption of sugar can result in insulin resistance, which means that the insulin cannot lower the blood sugar. The pancreas will compensate for this by increase the production of insulin. The body reacts with increased resistance against insulin. The pancreas then increases the production. And so on. This continues until the pancreas cannot produce more insulin, and the body becomes intoxicated by the sugar. This is Type II diabetes.
High levels of insulin cause inflammation in the blood vessels. This is the main cause for heart diseases.
«The root cause for heart disease is inflammation. And sugar is the enemy!» - Dr. Stephen Sinatra
«Chronic inflammation is a major predictor of coronary artery disease. Studies show elevated levels of CRP (inflammation) puts you at twice the risk of dying from cardiovascular-related problems as those with high cholesterol.» - Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Your doctor can order a CRP blood test. The result should be below one.
"If you look at the most horrific inflammatory hormone, it's insulin. It causes inflammation of the basement membrane of the vessels… which is the endothelial cell membrane. Insulin is the most endothelial unfriendly component around. If you don't want to get inflammation of your coronaries, or any blood vessels for that matter, you need to restrict sugar in your diet." - Dr. Stephen Sinatra.
Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra at Dr. Oz Show
- Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dltdsxeoQk
- Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCY5Bzs11W4
- Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts5ZBBnPN2Q
60 minutes: "Is sugar toxic?"
William Duffy: "Refined sugar - the sweetest poison al all".
Dr. Edward Group: "Why is refined sugar so bad for your health?" (2015)
Dr. Edward Group: "7 reasons why stevia is better than sugar." (2011)
Dr. Edward Group: "5 health dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup". (2010)
Dr. Joseph Mercola: "The truth about sugar addiction."
Dr. Joseph Mercola: "Sugar identified as a top cause of the surge of cancer." (2016)
Dr. Joseph Mercola: "What happens to your body when you eat too much sugar?"