Sugary Drinks May Explain 180,000 Deaths Worldwide Each Year

A recent article on Medscape Medical News brought a horrific statistic to the forefront:  180,000 deaths due to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer – all associated with increased body-mass index (and all associated with insulin resistance)..

Beside the body-weight index, the consumption of sugar does some pretty bad things to your immune system – the one in your gut called “GALT” (not John – Gut-Associated Lymphatic Tissue)

But even worse than sugar is your body’s response to it:  spiking the hormone insulin.

Some of the conditions insulin (too much or too little) is involved in producing:

  • Promote elevated Th1 cytokines which contribute to promotion of autoimmune disease in general
  • Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • POS – Polycystic Ovary Disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Overall inflammation
  • Obesity (of course).

Some things that will help balance insulin, decrease insulin resistance and increase sensitivity:

  • Exercise
  • Paleo diet
  • Trace minerals zinc, chromium, vanadium, magnesium
  • B Vitamins, esp. B6, B12, Biotin
  • Essential fatty acids (Omega 3s and anti-inflammatory Omega 6s – GLA), CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
  • Amino acid Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Glycine, Taurine, L-Carnitine
  • Herbs – Gymnema sylvestre, Fenugreek, Bitter Melon, Cinnamon, Licorice root (not the candy), Galega Officinalis, Bilberry, Prickly Pear, Ginseng
  • Probiotics
  • and more…

Here’s an excellent article worth reading:  http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/5/2/109.pdf

Picture By Victovoi (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons