05/03/2015  |  
Posted in Nutrition, tooth decay
Sugar Wrecks More Than Teeth

Most of us know that sugar is a major contributor to tooth decay. Now, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) want to make sure word gets out about how devastating sugar is to our general health as well. Their effort, called SugarScience, has distilled 8,000 scientific journal articles that examine the effects of sugar on the body into easy-to-understand tidbits of evidence-based information. Everyone from concerned parents to journalists to public health officials can access this valuable resource at SugarScience.org.

Recently SugarScience team member Dr. Dean Schillinger, a professor of medicine at UCSF, told National Public Radio exactly what these facts and figures mean in the real world. He described a particular ward at San Francisco General Hospital, where he works as a primary care doctor, which used to be filled with AIDS patients. A different disease is now flooding the ward.

“I feel like we are with diabetes where we were in 1990 with the AIDS epidemic,” he said. “The ward is overwhelmed with diabetes — they’re getting their limbs amputated; they’re on dialysis. And these are young people. They are suffering the ravages of diabetes in the prime of their life.”

For more information on stopping this devastation, go to: SugarScience.org.

Startling Facts About Sugar:

  • Too much added sugar can overload critical organs, leading to serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease.
  • Added sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged foods.
  • Liquid sugar, such as sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks, is the leading single source of sugar in the American diet. And there’s growing scientific evidence that this is the most dangerous way to consume it.
  • Expert panels worldwide have recommended that adults consume no more than about 6 teaspoons per day and children less than 4 teaspoons; yet the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons daily.

Read Dear Doctor’s article titled The Bitter Truth About Sugar to learn more about this topic.

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