Maximized Living Doctors Exposing the Dangers of Sugar

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Taking preventative measures to moderate blood sugar levels can lower risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

These conditions represent four of the top 10 leading causes of American deaths in 2011. Each of these health problems result—either directly or indirectly—from the abundance of sugars in the typical American diet.

Sugar to Blame?

Studies have shown that sugar—and foods that convert to sugar in the bloodstream, like refined carbohydrates—are the leading cause of what is known as metabolic syndrome.

According to Medical News Today, "Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises a person's risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other health problems. It currently affects more than one in four Americans."

Diets featuring fructose (a common sugar) and high fructose corn syrup are directly linked to the "epidemic rise in obesity," and have been shown to cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, increase insulin resistance and store excess fat around the organs.

Other studies have shown that, once in the stomach, sugars undergo a fermentation process. This fermentation has actually been found to feed and fuel cancer cells.

The cumulative effects and consequences strongly suggest that limiting sugar intake would drastically reduce the occurrence of all four of these debilitating health conditions, as well as ADHD.

Addressing the Sugar Issue

To stabilize blood sugar levels, exercise can be extremely effective for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. During exercise, muscles burn through glucose and increase the body’s ability to utilize the hormone insulin, which removes sugars from the bloodstream.

While this information has been known for years, it was often misconstrued. Traditional exercise regimens (like prolonged jogging and methodically paced weightlifting) are far less efficient than high intensity exercise.

A recent study has shown that 30 minutes of intense exercise a week can lower blood sugar for as much as 24 hours after working out. Also, this type of workout prevents the post-meal ups and downs of blood sugar experienced by Type 2 diabetics.

While high intensity exercise may sound intimidating to older people or fitness novices, it's important to remember that intensity level is subjective. Most 20-year-old females will have a higher threshold than most women in their 60s. Both can work to 80 percent of their capacity to reap the metabolic benefits of high-intensity exercise, but their exercise programs will likely look very different.

Where Did It All Come From?

Americans' excessive consumption of sugar can be traced back to the industrialization of the food supply. Through genetic modification and extensive processing, a greater proportion of calories in our food now come from damaged fats and sugars. Exercise is key to maintaining total body function, but proper nutrition can be life-saving.

In a study of more than 30,000 women’s dietary habits, the women who ate more fruits and vegetables experienced significantly fewer heart attacks during the study’s 10-year follow-up period. This result held true even when body mass and frequency of exercise were equal.

Exercise is a key to stabilizing blood sugar, but proper nutrition is essential to overcoming sugar dependence and permanently decreasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

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