Why do I keep writing blogs on sugar? Because it keeps coming up in healthcare. Sugar is directly related to every health issue I have ever posted on. It is the underlying cause of nearly every non-communicable disease and it is so much bigger than just healthcare.
Sugar and the sugar industry is corrupting policy and monopolizing entertainment marketing, striving to keep the people addicted and ignorant. A few months ago I watched the documentary “Fed Up” for the first time, but it wasn’t until recently that it started sinking in. I continued to mull it around in my head, justifying all the sugar I was still consuming. I am continuously educating on how to lose weight with diet and exercise while watching people struggle with healthy food choices. The fact is that some people do not lose weight with diet and exercise alone. Their bodies are too efficient at taking all the available calories they consume and storing them right into fat cells. Years of sugar consumption and spiking blood sugars have created this mass epidemic of weight gain and insulin insufficiency. Our bodies are simply not using the excess sugar we consume, so we have to stop eating it.
This clip is the Fed Up Documentary Trailer. It tells you just about all you need to know regarding the sugar industry and marketing that makes sugar virtually impossible to avoid. There are great credible sources that are finally speaking up about public health interests. Specialists like Dr. David Kessler, Former FDA Commissioner, and Dr. Mark Hyman, Institute for Functional Medicine have plenty to say about the sugar moguls.
Metabolic Syndrome– Your New Favorite Buzz Words
Nothing exists in its own vacuum, meaning everything that happens affects something else. Usually one thing can and does affect many other things in a complex sequence of connections. Sugar is the same. It affects every body function and has wide implications for the destruction of health in many different body systems. Metabolic Syndrome clearly equates those relationships; This syndrome is a cluster of disease that happen with increased sugar intake. High levels of sugar in the blood cause an over load of insulin to be released (Diabetes), which causes the sugar to be stored directly as fat instead of used for energy (metabolic inefficiency). The excess fat ends up on your waist line (Obesity) and puts a strain on your heart (High Blood Pressure). It also causes an increase in free floating fatty acids in your bloodstream (High Cholesterol). This combination of diseases (Diabetes, Obesity, High blood pressure and High cholesterol) makes it harder to exercise. The sugar addiction makes it harder to eat healthy foods and the result is a large increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack and death.
These are MORBID conditions, meaning that they result in death for lots of people.
I will say this again in case you missed it the first 100th times, it is PREVENTABLE and Reversible!
What happens to large amounts of sugar when it is dumped rapidly into the blood stream VS large amounts of fat or protein? The differences in metabolism are stark. Keep in mind, some carbs, eaten with fiber, do not have this same effect. An apple with the skin on metabolizes much slower than a sugary drink or processed food item.
The food industry is not going to make it easy on you. Everything you see is marketed to you for the purpose of consuming more than you need at the detriment of your health. The government has yet to make any substantial headway on this issue. It took them how long to start admitting that tobacco was poisonous? Years and years after the research showed the correlations to cancer! YEARS AFTER PEOPLE DIED from those products.
People are still addicted to tobacco and in many ways the government continues to allow tobacco companies to market their products. The sugar industry is much more complex and dangerous that the tobacco people ever were! We can’t wait for the government to come make it easy. We have to start taking responsibility for our own health. Read food labels, research health topics, ask questions, make hard decisions and of course, get regular physical activity!