How the sugar industry sweetened research in its favor

Scientists began to uncover a link between sugar and heart disease about 60 years ago, and now, the general consensus among experts is that sugar intake is associated with heart disease risk. So why did it take so long for the alarm to go up?

A new historical analysis published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday claims that the sugar industry sponsored research that cast doubt about sugar’s health risks and promoted fat “as the dietary culprit” in heart disease — and didn’t disclose it.

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Cut sugar consumption to dramatically improve children’s health!

From NaturalNews.com:

(Natural News) Nutritionists have observed that simply cutting sugar intake drastically improved the metabolic function among children in only two weeks. These results were published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) and ends with a call for parents to take a stronger stance on their children’s diet. Authors of the nutritional review revealed that this straightforward reduction in processed sugar, particularly fructose, minimized fat synthesis in the liver. This in turn lessened the child’s risk of developing debilitating diseases such as fatty liver disease and type-2 diabetes.

These conclusions were made after conducting carefully-controlled experiments which involved determining the relationship between fructose and metabolic function. Researchers chose high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as their control variable, as this is normally the additive sugar found in many processed foods. They found that this specific sugar accelerated the conversion of energy to fat. To compare, glucose (which is the sugar found in cereals, vegetables, and fruits) is 20 percent metabolized in the liver and 80 percent in the entire body. Fructose, on the other hand (found in sugary drinks and in “healthy” salad dressings), is 90 percent metabolized in the liver. The simple sugar was even noted to convert to fat 18.9 times faster than glucose.

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Are your legs telling you something?

Most people consider them unsightly.

Your doctor, however, might think they’re signaling something quite serious.

Varicose veins, those large, bulging blue veins commonly found on the back of the leg, are typically thought of as a cosmetic issue. Some 3 million people a year receive treatment for varicose veins. But according to Dr. Richard Jacoby of the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute, varicose veins and other vein issues could be indicative of a bigger problem.

“Veins and varicose veins are my current area of investigation,” said Jacoby, who is a trained podiatrist. “I find this fascinating. The public doesn’t perceive this as a medical issue, but the fact is that this is a warning from your body.”

Understanding varicose veins

Arteries and capillaries send blood throughout your body. Your veins are the return mechanism, delivering the blood back to the heart to continue the cycle. But if veins can’t pump that blood against gravity and back to the heart, the blood can pool, the veins can stretch, and flaps in the vein can separate. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute describes this phenomenon as veins becoming “like overstretched rubber bands.”

Those swollen veins can make legs aching or feeling swollen. They’re physically visible. But they’re also telling you something — your body is carrying way too much sugar in the bloodstream.

“Sugar and carbohydrates absorb water,” Jacoby said. “Fat and protein repel water. The elasticity of the blood vessel wall gets dilated from gravity — and those vessels have to process more because we’re eating too much sugar. The human body was built to function on fat-based energy.”

In his book “Sugar Crush,” Dr. Jacoby outlines how the sugar-laden American diet causes dozens of different, seemingly unrelated, diseases. Sugar, he says, inflames our nerves and blood vessels, and makes it harder for our organs to function. The result is inflammation throughout the body — varicose veins are a symptom of a bigger problem.

“We call this venous reflux and venous hypertension,” Jacoby said. “It can affect neuropathy and other medical issues.”

Treatment

Fortunately, there is a treatment for varicose veins. Called venous ablation, the procedure reduces the volume of blood that flows through the vein and, as a result, reduces the appearance of varicose veins.

Before the ablation procedure, Dr. Jacoby asks his patients to work on two behavioral treatments: First, they need to change their diet and remove sugar; second, they wear support stockings to squeeze excess fluid out of the veins.

The ablation procedure is conducted in an office setting.

“It’s a good remedy to get rid of that heavy, tired, burning sensation in the veins,” Jacoby said.

After treatment, Dr. Jacoby insists that patients continue to monitor their diets, and remove sugar from their daily eating routine.

“We’re eating sugar all day — it’s hidden in what we eat,” Dr. Jacoby said. “And we’re also sitting at a desk all day, so we’re not using our deep muscles. Our legs are swelling more and more. Your body is telling you something. If left untreated, those veins could go on to develop an ulcer.”

Reprinted from AZCentral

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