Sugar…more about the bitter truth

It’s been a while since I have blogged so I wanted to get down and dirty right away with a subject that as a dental health care professional I have a bone to pick with….and that is SUGAR

Sugar, the bitter truth was a phrase that I first heard from a Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist who has been in the forefront of warning the public about the danger of sugar.  Last week I had the extreme pleasure of being interviewed by the health guru Jorge Cruise on his Facebook Live show (here is the link to the interview ) and of course Jorge has so much energy and passion that it is so contagious and he is adamant about added sugar being a huge problem for society today.

The sugar industry would like us to believe that sugar is not addicting but did you know that when we eat refined sugar it causes our brain to release dopamine, which makes us feel pleasure….just like heroin or morphine.

The fact that we eat more sugar can also imply that we are eating less essential micronutrients and is of course linked to increases in body weight according to the CDC

The short term issue with a quick increase of sugar in our diet can cause the pancreas to work harder to make enough insulin to rebalance what is called our blood glucose levels.

There is new science out there that says sugar can have both independent and direct risk factors for cardiovascular disease. A study in Italy following 47000 subjects found that women who eat too many high glycemic carbs double their risk of having a heart attack and the worst carbs were those made with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

Harvard University published in 2010 that regularly drinking soda and other sugar sweetened drinks boosts the risk of someone having what is called the metabolic syndrome and increases your chance of ending up with type 2 diabetes.

There is so much more out there, but I hope this is enough to get you thinking about what you are eating and how it may affect your overall health.

And by the way  we didn’t even discuss the issues that sugars have to your mouth…cavities.

To your health

Jonathan Engel, DDS

Southern California Dental Health Associates