How Sugar Messes up Your Liver and Gives You Diabetes
You can’t find any diseases that attack the modern man today, in the populations like modern hunter-gatherers.
Obesity, heart disease, cancers and type II diabetes are included in these diseases. Type II diabetes has an epidemic proportions in the past several decades because there are more than 300 million people who are suffering from this disease.
This condition often causes amputation, blindness, early death and reduced quality of life. It is developing rapidly, year by year.
In this video, Dr. Robert H. and Dr. Elissa S. Epel are pointing how extra sugar could waste liver metabolism and cause diabetes.
Excess Sugar is Associated with Diabetes
In a study where Dr. Lustig was included, were analyzed the relations between sugar consummation and diabetes in 175 countries.
Very clear relations were found, where every150 kcal or one can of soda daily of sugar raised the expansion of diabetes by 1.1%.
To make it clear, if every U.S. citizen added one can of soda in their diet, approximately 3.5 million more people will be affected from diabetes.
The added sugar in this study was the only part of the diet that had some relations with the diabetes when they adapted for confounding factors.
These kind of studies are known as an observational studies, where you can’t prove that one thing can lead to another, but you can only show that they are related.
But there are many other proofs that are relating sugar with the expansion of type II diabetes and this particularly proves that sugar has negative effects on the liver.
How Fructose Messes up Your Liver
Glucose and fructose are making the sugar.
Glucose is metabolized by every cell in the organism, and if you are not ingesting it, the body will make it.
But the fructose is different. The sugar can be metabolized only by the liver, and the reason for that is because the liver has a transporter for it.
Individuals which are active or athletes are able to consume a little bit of fructose because their livers will transform fructose into glycogen which is a storage form of glucose in the liver.
The extra glycogen in the liver, which is the case with the most people, will cause transforming fructose into fat.
One part of the fat is released is shipped out as blood triglycerides, and the other part remains in the liver, that can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Your liver will be insulin resistant, which will lead to increased insulin through your organism causing obesity, metabolic syndrome and many other conditions.
At the end your pancreas will not release enough insulin to drive blood glucose into cells.
That’s the moment when the blood sugar levels will be raised noticeable and the diagnosis of diabetes is made.
This Does NOT Apply to Fructose in Whole Fruits
The fructose is dangerous in the context of extra calories. If you consume small amounts or there is a lack of calorie, fructose is harmless.
Fruits are a food with low energy density, lots of water and considerable chewing resistance. It is extremely hard to over eat fructose by consuming whole fruit.
There are several cases where minimizing fruit can be a good idea.
If you are:
- a) Diabetic
- b) Very carb sensitive
- c) Eating a very low-carb ketogenic dieat.
If you belong in some of these grops, you should avoid fruit as much as possible.
But if you are healthy you can consume whole fruit without any problem.
Dr. Lustig does not applies to regular consummation of fruit, he warns about the extra fructose from added sugars.
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