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Should Sugar Be Controlled to Protect Public Health?

June 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 203

"Sugar's [table sugar] potential for abuse, coupled with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet make it a primary culprit of this worldwide health crisis." So says a Report from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), published in the Feb 2, 2012 issue of Nature, that document the dangers of table sugar.

The Report argues that sugar is far more serious than just "empty calories" that make people fat. Table sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver. In fact, sugar health hazards are closely related to the effects cause by alcohol, which is the distillation of sugar.

The report continues to outline that table sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Premature aging and the diseases associated with aging are appearing in our children in unprecedented numbers. Everyone wants to be healthier. Once people face serious health challenges, it is often too late to reverse the effects of years of aging and damage at the cellular level. Therefore, the earlier in life good habits are instilled, the better long-term quality of life a person should have. This is the first generation that is not expected to live as long as their parents or be as healthy as their parents. This is alarming!

There are at last 145 documented harmful side effects of regular table sugar or the disease connections between regular table sugar and health challenges.

According to the UN, non-communicable diseases are a greater worldwide danger than infectious diseases. We, that's US, spend 75% of our healthcare dollars addressing the non-communicable disease challenge.

The public must be better informed about the emerging science of sugar. The authors of the Report, Robert Lustig, MD, Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, and Claire Brindis, DPH, understand that education is the key to turning around the crisis and conclude that for society to shift away from high sugar consumption.

"As long as the public thinks that sugar is just 'empty calories,' we have no chance in solving this," said Robert Lustig, a professor of pediatrics, in the division of endocrinology at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF.

"... [Table] sugar is toxic beyond its calories." Lustig continued. "There are good calories and bad calories, just as there are good fats and bad fats, good amino acids and bad amino acids, good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates."

While we agree completely with the harmful health effects of table sugar, education and personal self-control is the answer, NOT more government control.

JC Spencer has invested two decades in the research and study of glycomics, the science of sugars. He is CEO of The Endowment for Medical Research, Inc http://endowmentmed.org.

References from the textbook Expand Your Mind - Improve Your Brain and the ebook and Change Your Sugar, Change Your Life. The book, Change Your Sugar, Change Your Life is downloadable without charge at http://www.DiabeticHope.com.

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