Its the sugar

david52_gwFebruary 28, 2013

"Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.

A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.

In other words, according to this study, obesity doesn’t cause diabetes: sugar does.

The study demonstrates this with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s. As Rob Lustig, one of the study’s authors and a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said to me, “You could not enact a real-world study that would be more conclusive than this one.”

The study controlled for poverty, urbanization, aging, obesity and physical activity. It controlled for other foods and total calories. In short, it controlled for everything controllable, and it satisfied the longstanding “Bradford Hill” criteria for what’s called medical inference of causation by linking dose (the more sugar that’s available, the more occurrences of diabetes); duration (if sugar is available longer, the prevalence of diabetes increases); directionality (not only does diabetes increase with more sugar, it decreases with less sugar); and precedence (diabetics don’t start consuming more sugar; people who consume more sugar are more likely to become diabetics).

The key point in the article is this: “Each 150 kilocalories/person/day increase in total calorie availability related to a 0.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence (not significant), whereas a 150 kilocalories/person/day rise in sugar availability (one 12-ounce can of soft drink) was associated with a 1.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence.” Thus: for every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent. (The study found no significant difference in results between those countries that rely more heavily on high-fructose corn syrup and those that rely primarily on cane sugar.)" snip

And as Lustig lucidly wrote in “Fat Chance,” his compelling 2012 book that looked at the causes of our diet-induced health crisis, it’s become clear that obesity itself is not the cause of our dramatic upswing in chronic disease. Rather, it’s metabolic syndrome, which can strike those of “normal” weight as well as those who are obese. Metabolic syndrome is a result of insulin resistance, which appears to be a direct result of consumption of added sugars. This explains why there’s little argument from scientific quarters about the “obesity won’t kill you” studies; technically, they’re correct, because obesity is a marker for metabolic syndrome, not a cause.

The take-away: it isn’t simply overeating that can make you sick; it’s overeating sugar. We finally have the proof we need for a verdict: sugar is toxic." end quote

Fine, but this doesn't mention refined carbs like Wonder-bread, white rice, etc which - from everything I've ever read - do pretty much the same thing to the endocrine system.

Here is a link that might be useful: link

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I love it. Obesity is the symptom of the problem, but sugar is the cause. Finally, someone is addressing the issue the right way!

You wanna know how bad sugar is? When I quit eating complex and simple sugars (except in milk, fruits, and veggies), my vision improved. No bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, honey, any of it. My optometrist couldn't believe it had improved, but that was the only thing that had changed. And since diabete's sugar levels can affect your eyes, it makes sense to me. Toxic is right. I wish I could kick the habit as easily as I did red meat and most caffeine. Insidious habit!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:23AM
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cookie8(zone 5 ON)

My vision improved too after a radical diet change. I no longer need glasses at all. I got an endless improvements in my health.
Here is Dr. Lustig's video. It is long but I can also add a shorted version. The long version is worth watching, 'kay.

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    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 1:34PM
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cookie8(zone 5 ON)

As much as I love the video I think he needs to step it up to include the many starches/carbs that cause the same reaction as sugar. Apparently he doesn't believe that yet.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 1:40PM
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We have a close friend who is diabetic and has been for several years. He is thin. He also does not need glasses to read, even though he is in his 70's. Go figure.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 2:36PM
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I've been talking about diet and eliminating sugars and processed grains for a while, now... and how these items are connected to quite a few health issues...

Having detoxified has certainly helped me! I'm healthier, and I feel a lot better in general.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 3:08PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Sugar (and gluten) are inflammtory agents that burn up the brain and cardiovascular system. Hence it now being said that they cause dementia and heart disease. The latest is a couple guys that are claiming it's not cholesterol and heart attacks, it's sugar and heart attacks.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 3:52PM
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bboy wrote,

Sugar (and gluten) are inflammtory agents that burn up the brain and cardiovascular system. Hence it now being said that they cause dementia and heart disease.

Coult you provide some citations for your claim that sugar is an "inflammatory agent" that "burn[s] up the ... cardiovascular system"? Thank you.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 4:09PM
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