15 years of clinical experience and striving to make a difference in my patient’s lives leaves me with the one undeniable observation:
EATING SUGAR CAUSES DIABETES: NOT OBESITY!!!!!
I have lamented this topic for years. I’ve intellectually wrestled with colleagues, educated patients, and counseled till I’m blue in the face. The observation stems from an ongoing quest to seek not treatments for symptoms but cures for diseases–like diabetes.
Research now ties the rate of sugar consumption with the incidence of diabetes:
“Duration and degree of sugar exposure correlated significantly with diabetes prevalence in a dose-dependent manner, while declines in sugar exposure correlated with significant subsequent declines in diabetes rates independently of other socioeconomic, dietary and obesity prevalence changes.”
This has tremendous implications and correlates with my clinical observations for years.
Diet plays the biggest role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes!
So much has been made of genetics, and genes do play a role. Certain groups have greater genetic potential for the development of diabetes; however, the latest research reveals sugar consumption plays a primary role in the manifestation of diabetes.
Let’s look at this through the filter of Pareto’s Principle. In other words, when trying to cure or prevent diabetes, what is the most important 20% of advice or activities that would lead to the greatest benefit for 80% of the diabetic problem?? Well, if DIET and consumption of SUGAR are the primary cause of diabetes, then the medical community ought to pay more attention to very specific dietary instruction.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to advise patients to severely limit or remove processed sugars, sodas, alcohol, wine, and beer from the diet?
Fussing over the latest drugs, medical gadgetry, and spending entire medical office visits procrasturbating over drug interactions and lab tests seems pointless. After all, research is showing it’s what people are eating!!
Think of the billions of dollars spent on healthcare. Think of the countless numbers of medication side-effects, lab testing, follow-up visits and general medical busyness that doesn’t focus on the core problem. Specifically, for maximal effectiveness, physicians and health providers should spend much more time hammering this point home with specific prescriptions to decrease sugar intake.
This research should serve as a wake-up call not only to the medical community but also the FDA and food industries. Most importantly I hope individuals begin to understand the power they have over their own health. We are eating ourselves to death and spending tremendous amounts on a problem likely more costly and deadly in terms of lives affected than drug abuse.
Yet, processed sugar, hustled like crack cocaine, finds a home on nearly every corner of the local market.
Maybe we need a national “JUST SAY NO TO SUGAR” campaign like the old “JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS” mantra?
I shall now step away from bull-horn and down from my soapbox….
Time to go back into a patient room and do what I’ve done for years, explain the relationship between food and disease.
Eating Sugar=Higher Insulin=Weight Gain=Obesity=Diabetes=Heart disease=Death
Hope this information helps readers make better choices.
As always, I look forward to your questions and feedback.