By James Haley, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
After many years of research, doctors and scientists know that too much sugar intake is often the real cause of inflammatory diseases. Most people do know sugar is harmful, but not nearly to what degree. High sugar intake has become a habit that is hard to break. Sugar isn’t the “sweet treat” it once was. It is in most of the foods Americans consume these days, and in much higher concentrations.
The statistics are shocking. The average American eats more than 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Children eat 32. Do the math and that is the equivalent of 150 – 200 pounds of sugar a year. Most people do know it is harmful, yet it is extremely hard to break the habit. Refined sugar does cause addiction in the brain, making it almost impossible to control cravings. Sugar at these high levels is not just a treat, it is toxic.
When most people think of avoiding sugar, they think of cutting out soda, desserts, donuts, candy, etc., the processed sugars. However, refined carbohydrates, or “processed carbs” are toxic to the body as well. Processed foods are stripped of nutrients and are turned into sugar as they break down in your body. Some examples of refined carbs are white breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, french fries, chips, and cereal. These are foods that most of us regularly consume in our diet.
There is a massive rise in diseases related to unhealthy blood sugar levels, from obesity to diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, among many more. This is not a coincidence. Too much refined sugar and refined carbohydrate leads to chronic inflammation, which then leads to disease.
Refined sugar and refined carbohydrates have no nutritional value, and can destroy our bodies. First, it spikes glucose (blood sugar) levels. Insulin, the hormone that tells cells to take in glucose, spikes as well. Increased insulin levels result in increased storage of glucose, and thus increase fat formation. Insulin also causes an increase in cortisol, the major “stress hormone” in our body. High cortisol levels over time damages our immunity, and increases inflammation. These increases can also lead to insulin resistance in cells, causing excess circulating glucose. This then triggers snowballing harmful effects, fueling chronic inflammation and causing destruction throughout the body. Over time, this can lead to Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes.
Glucose spikes are what gives it the addictive quality, and makes it so hard to get off the rollercoaster. The increased production of insulin, cortisol, and even adrenaline all cause an addictive quality much like that of a drug. The brief high is followed by a rapid drop. Then our bodies crave more sugar to sustain our energy after the blood sugar crash.
Sugar has multiple dangers that goes far beyond diabetes, as if that were not enough of a concern. Refined sugar and carbs have also been linked to poor cardiovascular health. Also, the chronic inflammation caused by the increased cortisol has been linked to cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Sugar consumption also has a suppressive effect on the immune system that lasts for hours after ingestion. So if you have some sugar or bad carbohydrates with each meal, you are in turn suppressing your immune system all day long. It’s no wonder that autoimmune diseases are on the rise.
One of the most alarming aspects of excess sugar is its relationship to brain and cognitive health. Studies published by UCLA found that fructose damaged memory and learning. Studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine have linked excess sugar intake to cognitive impairment and brain fog, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Some researchers are calling Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes, with good reason.
As if all of this research was not enough to put the lid on the sugar jar, sugar can wreck havoc on our gut health as well. Excessive sugar intake helps unbalance the levels of good to bad bacteria in our guts, leading to chronic infections. Yeast and other fungi love to feast on all of the sugar we’ve eaten and thrive on the abundance. These imbalances are also linked to allergies, ADD, ADHD, asthma, skin conditions, hypertension and depression, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and many more disorders. These conditions are all related to chronic inflammation in the body.
How to Get Control and Manage Sugar Dependence:
Cutting out refined sugar and carbohydrates is definitely the way to optimize your health. However, it’s not a realistic goal for most people to cut it all out completely. If your family makes you a birthday cake, it’s hard not to eat a piece. The goal is to cut back on sugar and refined carbs, and if you do indulge, maximize your body’s ability to process it. Eating only three meals a day is ideal, so your body doesn’t have a continual spike and fall in your glucose levels. Adding protein and healthy fats (yes, definitely fats) to your diet is critical, as they do not cause nearly the spikes in insulin release that sugar and carbs do, and also help balance any carbs that are in your diet. Once your body gets used to not having sugar and refined carbs, it will become much easier because you will feel better. You won’t have the cravings you once had, and it will be definitely easier to manage.
In addition to getting a grip on your diet, there is a product that I recommend that is revolutionary in helping manage carbs and sugar. It was created by a group of Nobel Prize nominated scientists, and has two worldwide patents. The product is called Emulin , by iGalen, which is all-natural and safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. It is a carbohydrate manager and sugar chaperone that helps decrease glucose absorption and reverse inflammation. Click here to learn more.
There are scientific studies supporting the effectiveness of Emulin, and an incredible amount of testimonies from people that have seen numerous beneficial results from its use. Many with diabetes are seeing their blood sugar reduced, allowing them to decrease and even come off of their diabetic medicine. The positive results are phenomenal, and many Emulin users report weight loss as well. This only makes sense. Those with chronic pain have found relief, many people have found they have an increase in positive moods, less depression, and better sleep. Many with IBS, Crohn’s disease, asthma, ADD, ADHD, brain fog, have found their symptoms much improved.
Emulin Plus does not claim to be a miracle pill, but for those that it has helped with debilitating symptoms, it is to them. Not every single person that takes Emulin finds that it helps with immediate symptoms; however, in testing those with chronic inflammatory issues, many have seen much improvement. The long term benefits of managing carbs and sugar are proven for living a long and healthy life.
The future of a sugar filled diet seems very grim. It could lead to multiple inflammatory diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, all of which are major killers. A change in diet is paramount, and adding Emulin Plus to your list of vitamins and supplements is beneficial. With a reduction in sugar throughout your body, you will no doubt feel better, look better, and live a healthier life.
James Haley, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS
Licensed Physician, OB-GYN and Urogynecolgist, Double-Board Certified
Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, Canton and Woodstock, GA