Dr. Chauncey’s Crandall’s, Heart Health Report
In my parent’s generation, families ate their meals together, dining on plates of fresh foods. Sweets were doled out as a special treat.
Those days are gone. Today many people like desserts at most meals.
“As a result, sugar consumption has gone through the roof. And that’s a recipe for disaster.”
“Today, we’re fatter than ever before in this country. More of us are getting diabetes, and we’re grappling with an ever-growing array of dangerous chronic diseases.”
“What’s the culprit? For years, government health officials have pointed the finger at cholesterol and saturated fat, with nary a word about sugar.”
Fortunately, the government has recently become aware of the sugar crisis and has recommended lowering our consumption of this poison.
Three Ways Sugar Wrecks Your Heart:
- Inflammation: Inflammation is the body’s reaction to harmful stimuli. Inflammation is good when we cut our finger, the area around it becomes red and inflamed. This is part of the healing process. This is good inflammation.
“However some inflammation is bad, particularly chronic inflammation, the type that is increasingly recognized as the driver of cardiovascular problems, including heart disease and stroke.”
“Sugar fuels chronic inflammation. ”
2. Diabetes: “Some 29 million Americans, or 9% of the population, have diabetes- millions of them remain unaware of it.
In addition, millions of other Americans have insulin resistance ( also referred to as diabetes) a condition in which the body’s cells do not effectively utilize the hormone insulin, leading to high blood sugar.”
Other factors such as genetics, and overconsumption of carbohydrates and fats can be a factor in the development of diabetes.
“But sugar is definitely a contributing factor which leads to obesity in many people. In fact, most people who have diabetes are also overweight and losing weight helps reduce the risk of this metabolic disorder.”
3. Heart Disease: “Sugar’s dangers go well beyond diabetes. It is now seen as a leading factor in the development of the cholesterol condition know as “dyslipidemia.”
People with this condition have a particularly unhealthy blood lipid profile, in which triglycerides are high and HDL cholesterol, the so- called good cholesterol is low.”
“ Recent studies have found that lipid ration can contribute to several health problems, especially stroke.”
Sugar Damages Your Brain
“Sugar harms not only your heart, it may also be poison for your brain. Researchers are learning that sugar clouds thinking not only in the short term but in the long term as well.”
“But those who ate a balanced, healthy diet were at significantly lesser risk according to the study which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) delved further to find out what eating moderate amounts of sugar can do to the heart.
They examined the dietary habits and health of more than 30,000 American over the course of 15 years, and found that consuming even moderate amount of sugar translates into a higher rate of death from cardiovascular problems. This study showed that even slender people who consume too much sugar open themselves to a greater risk of death.”
The “Hidden Sugar” Problem
In many cases the sugar we eat is obvious, because the food tastes sweet and delicious!
“For instance, a 12 ounce can of soda contains the equivalent of nine cubes of sugar; half-cup of gelatin, six cubes; and one and a half cups of sweetened cereal contains 11 cubes of sugar.
It is not just the sugar in candy and sweets that is causing these health problems. Sugar is also hidden in scores of processed foods.
“It is estimated that 50% of the sugar consumed by Americans is hidden in prepackaged foods or in foodstuffs you’d never suspect. Believe it or not, even toothpaste can be sweetened with sugar!!”
Here’s a short list of foods to watch out for:
- Salad dressing
- Cereals and oatmeal
- Canned Salmon
- Cured meats
4. Steps to Cut Sugar
- Eating according to the Glycemic Index. (There’s detailed information about that in the food section)
- Cut out obvious sugar offenders.
Banish the sugar bowl, soft drinks and candy from your house, car, and office.
3. Eliminate White Foods
These are the foods that your body converts to sugar. For example, likes, pastries, cookies, white bread and pasta.
4. Banish Alcoholic Drinks
Hard liquor, wine, and beer all harbor calories, and cocktails, often made with syrups, are even worse.
D.K. Hope this has been helpful. I know it is hard to limit sugar; I am finding the more healthy foods I eat, the less I crave the unhealthy ones.
“If I create from the heart nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing.”……Marc Chagall- Artist