The University of California San Francisco has launched a new initiative in health research, SugarScience. SugarScience will be generating new studies in the future, and is already publishing information based on reviews of previously released studies. Data surveys are helpful in identifying health trends, and their implications.
According to the UCSF:
"The research shows strong evidence of links between the overconsumption of added sugar and chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and liver disease. It also reveals evidence linking sugar to Alzheimer's disease and cancer, although the team assessed that more research is needed before those links can be considered conclusive."
What do we know for certain now? SugarScience points out that too much fructose can cause fatty liver disease—because the body processes fructose in the same way it does alcohol. We also know that the average American consumes about 66 lbs. of sugar a year, and a lot of that is high-fructose corn syrup. Consumers of sugar-sweetened soft drinks like cola and even juice are especially at risk. But sugar also lurks in most processed foods, including tomato sauce, meat products, and much more.
There is no doubt that staying away from excess sugar consumption will keep you healthier. This is especially crucial if you have been injured.
In a study published by the National Institute of Health’s PubMed website, research conducted on wound healing in patients with type 2 diabetes clearly shows that for these patients, “there is a delayed response to injury and impaired functioning of immune cells.”
As we have reported, the drastic rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes is directly related to the overconsumption of carbohydrates, especially sugars in the Standard American Diet [SAD]. While the wound healing study notes that caregivers have no control over the state of the patients who come into the hospital, we, all of us, can make the right choices for better health.
If you have had a traumatic injury, it’s even more crucial to make the most of the healing process.
I always say you have to do the research for yourself. I simply lead you to the links for the research and latest information so you can be the healthiest you can be!
Click here for the SugarScience resource kit.
* This blog entry should not be construed as medical advice or treatment for any specific person or condition. Only a licensed medical professional can properly diagnose and treat physical conditions. If you have any question regarding your health, please consult with your healthcare provider.