dangers of sugar

  1. Daily sugar intake may cause Alzheimer’s

    Daily Sugar intake linked to brain diseases

    Looks like soda is as bad for the brain as it is for the belly.

    Sugar -- in the amounts of sugar found in soda -- can alter proteins in the brain, specifically some of the proteins that play a role in major brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to a new study on rats testing the effects of daily sugar intake. 

    In the study, researchers compared the brains of two sets of rats. One was given normal water, while the other was given water with 10 percent sugar.

    Not coincidentally, that's the same amount of sugar found in most soft drinks.

    After 26 days, the rats on the sugar water had changes in 290 of 1,373 proteins found by the researchers -- and a third of those proteins are involved in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and schizophrenia.

    What makes this so alarming is that these changes were found in the brains even after the rats had stopped the daily sugar intake and put onto plain old water for a week.

    That's a sign the damage from a high daily sugar intake could be lasting... maybe even permanent.

    It's true that these are rats and not humans. But it's also true that our brains have more than a few similarities on the most basic level -- and many of the things that can damage a rodent brain can also damage ours.

    I think we can add sugar to that list.

    Having said all that, there's more to brain health -- more to brain diseases -- than just sugar. And while daily sugar intake may contribute to conditions such as dementia or Parkinson's, it's almost certainly not the prime cause of them.

    Medication, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and more can all lead to problems in the brain. And one of the biggest undiagnosed causes of brain problems is metals exposure.

    If you're middle aged or older, odds are you have some potentially toxic metals building up inside your own brain, right now.

    A holistic physician can test you for exposure and then work with you on a safe and natural detoxification program that will help slash your risk of diseases of the brain and slow or even reverse the damage if you're already suffering.

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  2. Sugary drinks can boost endometrial cancer risk

    Sugar boosts cancer risk in women

    I don't think anyone should be drinking sugary drinks at all -- because even in moderation, soda and other soft drinks can do real damage to men, women and children alike.

    But ladies, today I want to focus on you -- because new research finds that women who drink the sweet stuff have a much higher risk of endometrial cancer.

    Sugar of course causes blood sugar levels to spike and alters the body's insulin response. What makes a soda habit in particular so damaging is that it causes those sugar levels to spike and plunge quickly.

    When it happens too often, you get insulin resistance and diabetes.

    But even if you don't suffer from diabetes, changes to insulin and insulin growth factor proteins can lead to cancer -- including estrogen-dependent endometrial cancer.

    That's why any sugary drinks at all will cause your risk of this form of cancer to rise. The risk gets higher with every sip -- and if you drink soda regularly, your risk of this disease will jump by nearly 80 percent, according to the study of 23,039 postmenopausal women tracked for up to 25 years.

    Along with sugary drinks, the study also finds some other risk factors for this cancer -- including a few we already know about: age, obesity, diabetes and early puberty or late menopause.

    You don't have any control over your age or when menopause strikes. But you do have control over your weight and you can take steps to avoid diabetes -- and avoiding soda will help you to do both at the same time.

    Switch to water or seltzer instead. If you want a little flavor, infuse some fruit into it. And if you want a drink that will cut your risk of disease, including several types of cancer, try some tea.

  3. Too much sugar leads to heart failure

    New research shows how eating sugar can cause your body to produce a substance that can lead to heart failure.

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