Continuing our scary things about sugar blog series, today we are covering reasons 6-10. We grouped these together because they all are interrelated.
#6: Increases total cholesterol
#7: Increases triglycerides
#8: Increases bad cholesterol levels
#9: Decreases good cholesterol levels
#10: Increases the amount of fat in the blood stream, thus increasing the chances of these fats to begin clogging arteries.
Some of you may be shaking your head saying, “wait, sugar increases cholesterol? I thought eating fat increased your cholesterol?” We have to say that you were taught this (and probably still are) by every “nutritional authority” you ever heard from. Unfortunately, um, they were wrong. VERY WRONG. In fact, so wrong, that this guideline to eat a carbohydrate dominated, low fat diet is the single most culprit in the greatest epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in American history. Don’t believe me? We suggest you read up on all the amazingly shockingly sad details in the following books. You will learn all about the insane scandals that lead to this American tragedy of suffering and early death and how the drug industry is capitalizing on just a part of this tragedy with their cholesterol medications. Don’t even get me started on Insulin medications….but I digress…..
Those with the highest sugar intake have a 400% increase in their risk of heart attacks compared to those with the lowest intakes. That’s 400%! Just one 20-ounce soda increases your risk of a heart attack by about 30%. Yet more than 70% of Americans consume 10% of their daily calories from sugar. And about 10% of Americans consume one in every four of their calories from sugar. (https://drhyman.com/blog/2014/02/07/eggs-dont-cause-heart-attacks-sugar/)
How the heck does sugar turn into fat in my blood stream you ask? Again, I refer you back to the books above and I can recommend several others (you can go to our must read books section on our website) but I will provide a “sugar for dummies” summary here to save time.
When we consume carbs and sugar, our body releases insulin. Insulin’s job is to gather up the sugar floating around in your blood stream and push them into the cells so they can be used for energy. The problem is, our cells don’t need very much sugar, and the average person consumes about 75% (or more) OVER the amount of sugar the body needs as energy. So what happens? The cells get “full”. They cant take in any more sugar. So insulin is stuck with a passenger with nowhere to go. The fail safe is to go ahead and transport it into the organs and muscles to be stored as fat, so it can be used later when the body runs out of sugar and needs more energy. Great system right? We have an internal hard drive to save all that extra we ate for later!
Problem is modern society. Most people rarely get into a state where they need to tap into that stored fat. Cause you know, the fact that most people eat all day long and consume drinks with sugar in them, so the body never runs out. So the storage gets more and more and more filled up with fat. All this fat just waiting for the day that we can use it. The problem is, those fat storage areas get full too. And sometimes, they release some of that fat to make room. So fat starts floating around, looking to be useful. And because of this high insulin state the body is in most of the time, the body starts getting inflamed and irritated. And these fats bump around on the arterial walls. These fats are being transported around by some not so nice vehicles. Think of Max Max times 100. They are spikey and hard, like little shards of glass. They create cuts and injuries. Then this makes your arteries more inflamed. Then some of these fat cells get lodged in these little cuts and bumps and scars. Then more get lodges. Like a 10 car pile up in your arteries, building and building until one day it clogs completely and things get blocked. These clogs create serious damage and can even lead to loss of limb, paralysis, brain damage and death. Basically those areas that are clogged lose fresh blood cells and the oxygen they need to “breathe” and live. So the cells die. This is seen in diabetics at neourpathy, numbness, tingling, pain and circulation loss to the extremities. This 10 car pileup in your arteries and blood vessels can lead to large scale cell death, stroke, blood clots, and heart attack.