Solutions for Sugar Epidemic Overwhelming Nation’s Health
In the last 3-4 decades sugar and high carbohydrate diets having increasingly dominated the nutritional landscape. Food companies have decided to ignore the obvious health challenges of high sugar and carbohydrate diets in favor of profits.
In a direct cause and effect scenario the increasing use of sugar (60 different names or forms of sugar) has spawned massive health problems. Diabetes and prediabetes affects over 50% of our population and over 2/3 of the population is classified as obese.
The food industry continues to produce processed foods and most contain some form of sugar. 70% of processed foods contain sugar both for taste and as a preservative, further addicting consumers and accelerating the development of diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
When we consume any form of sugar (fructose is the most damaging form of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup) our body needs to push that sugar into our cells for energy. That is the job of insulin from the pancreas. The more sugar and carbohydrates we consume the more insulin is released. Massive sugar consumption will release huge spikes of insulin into the body, very damaging to overall health.
Eventually the cell membranes upon which insulin reacts to allow sugar into the cells become desensitized. This is called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome because when sugar cannot enter the cells the circulating sugar will destroy our metabolism. Because high circulating sugar (hyperglycemia) is very damaging to overall health and creates body inflammation this stresses the adrenal glands which compensate with cortisol (the stress hormone) release. Eventually the thyroid is also overtaxed which further damages metabolism. This yields many chronic health issues including obesity, diabetes, potential cancer and more.
Insulin resistance is usually the precursor of diabetes type 2 but will lead to disruption of the following systems:
- Gastrointestinal / Digestive system
- All hormones (endocrine)
- Immune System
- Cardiovascular System especially the heart
- Nervous System (the brain is highly affected)
We are seeing these problems developing even in children younger than 15 years old. These health conditions were never seen in people younger than 50 years four decades ago.
As mentioned earlier the problem is directly correlated to the dramatic increase of sugar consumption, especially high fructose corn syrup. Obesity cannot be directly associated with Insulin Resistance or diabetes because 40% of insulin resistant people are normal weight and are in danger of developing diabetes.
The lack of exercise problem
Another huge problem contributing to the development of Insulin Resistance is the lack of physical activity. When sugar is not completely burned for fuel and energy the body converts it to fat, much of which is stored in the liver. This occurs when sugar, carbohydrates and processed foods are snacked throughout the day.
Many chronic health problems are the result of a fatty liver, an epidemic resulting in a wide variety of health issues in the US and attributed to conversion of un-metabolized sugar to fat.
Physical exercise will burn up the consumed sugar. If not metabolized due to lack of exercise this fat accumulates causing the epidemic we see of Insulin Resistance, diabetes and obesity.
If sugar metabolism is not controlled other diseases (heart disease, cancer, hypothyroidism, autoimmunity) will develop. These obviously lead to premature death and why recently younger generations will not live as long as their parents.
The following are symptoms of Insulin Resistance:
- Daily energy swings
- Mood swings
- Great dependence on caffeine for energy
- Hard to awaken in the AM
- Many headaches
- Poor memory
- Blurred vision
- Craves sugar after a meal
- Usually has belly fat
- Males getting feminized (eg developing breasts or bigger hips)
- Females getting masculinized (eg growing facial hair) with increasing testosterone
Resolving Insulin Resistance
The ways to reverse Insulin Resistance is to cut out or severely restrict sugar and carbohydrates in the diet. The idea is to cut out processed foods including sugar in all forms while eating mostly real food.
Intermittent fasting which translates to not eating outside of the 12 noon to 6 pm time frame while fasting the rest of the time. This will train the body to burn sugars efficiently and turn to more fat burning throughout the day. This is the most effective way to reverse fat deposits in the liver as well as obesity.
Exercising in the morning before eating (after sugar and carbohydrates are metabolized) will teach your body to rely on fats which ultimately produce more energy throughout the day. If sugar and carbohydrate consumption is concurrently minimized the body will heal from Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes type 2.
If we do not as a nation drastically reduce our sugar and carbohydrate consumption (the average sugar consumption in the US is 200 pounds per capita per year) and incorporate more exercise the broad spectrum of health problems emanating from and related to Insulin Resistance and diabetes we will bankrupt our medical system.
The medical system is already a massive failure mostly controlled by the Pharmaceutical companies whose agenda is for the entire population to consume more medications rather than take responsibility for our lifestyle and health which reduces medication intake.
Don’t wait for disease to manifest. Take control of your health now. The correct health information is available but is waiting for you to implement it.
Enjoy the Journey,