Have you heard all of the news about sugar lately? Some sources are even saying that sugar is far more harmful to our bodies than fat! Whether you are in chronic or acute pain, sugar may play an important role in the inflammatory process, which may be contributing to your persistent symptoms. Read on to find out more!
Excess sugar in the blood leads to a pathological process, called glycation. Glycation is the process of sugar molecules adhering to fascial proteins, causing stiffness and thickening (Cameron, 2014). Robert Lustig, MD has become an anti-sugar advocate, exposing just how toxic sugar is. See his presentation, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" here. Dr. Lustig has published several peer reviewed research articles regarding sugar and its connection to degenerative diseases. Throughout his research, Dr. Lustig has concluded that about 75% of all diseases in America are in fact, preventable. UCLA conducted a study on the impacts of fructose and high fructose corn syrup on the brain. The professor of neurosurgery concluded that, "eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information" (Schmidt, 2012). Based on the research study, he believes that "eating too much fructose could block insulin's ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar for the energy required for processing thoughts and emotions".
Dr. Teitelbaum has written many books on chronic pain and is currently a medical director at a fibromyalgia center. He notes that, “Sugar aggravates low blood sugar and adrenal problems, yeast (Candida) overgrowth, and nutritional deficiencies that worsen fibromyalgia,”. He has seen patients experience a decrease in their pain, a sharper memory and more energy after coming off of sugar in as little as 10 days.
The Oxford Journal of Rheumatology performed a 2 year study, and found that 45% of patients had an increase in symptoms after consuming sweets and refined sugar.
Not only does sugar cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, release of cytokines (inflammatory messengers), and contributes to your risks of developing diabetes, it also attacks cells and tissues in the body. The sugar and inflammation/chronic pain connection has been researched more and more over the past several years. Many medical providers are advising all patients to reduce their sugar intake, now more than ever before. White flour and other simple carbohydrates break down into sugar, so it is essential to eliminate/reduce actual sugar, along with white flour. Chronic low grade inflammation, greatly contributes to atherosclerosis, strokes, memory loss, and more scary health conditions.
Common chronic conditions negatively affected by sugar:
- autoimmune conditions
- leaky gut
- adrenal fatigue
- peripheral artery disease
- irritable bowel disease (IBD)
- arthritic conditions
- colon cancer
- poor memory
- heart disease