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Can You Die From Eating Too Much Sugar?

Can You Die From Eating Too Much Sugar?

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Can You Die From Eating Too Much Sugar?

Family is a funny thing. You may get along or you may not and your beliefs will often be challenged either way. Sugar and death can be a funny topic when everyone gets together and cause quite a stir.  As a health and lifestyle coach it truly becomes apparent when you make someone mad at you. Recently there has been a lot of news about how bad sugar is for kids and how it leads to ill health later like diabetes. What really bothers me though is when a nurse supports giving kids as much sugar as they want.
I don’t think this person really supports it they just don’t want to go beyond their own health model. In Colorado nurses don’t have to do continuing education to remain licensed so someone who went through school ten or ever twenty years ago may be so behind on the latest research it can become downright scary!

Most Nurses Are A Great Source Of Diet Tips

I have a large number of nurses as clients and every one of them is well educated and does a mountain of continued education. This factor alone has caused them to seek out alternative medicine treatment. A fair number are nurse practitioners who treat patients on their own and find natural medicine should be part of the patients’ health lifestyle. These outstanding people are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication to the public.

Let’s get back to sugar and does it cause diabetes and can people die from diabetes. Every article has a reason and this one cropped up when an adult kept giving children at an event as much sugar as they wanted and she even went out of her way to show them where more sugar was hidden!


How The Topic Of Sugar Comes Up  

Sugar and Diabetes

Sugar and Diabetes

Another person, the nurse, came unglued when the adult conversation turned to if this is okay or now and can sugar cause something like diabetes. Now the nurse, focused on can you die from diabetes after someone commented they knew of a person who died from diabetes.

So let’s ask two questions here can sugar cause diabetes and can you die from diabetes?

In essence no sugar doesn’t cause diabetes though there is an enormous amount of research that diet can affect who gets it and who doesn’t. Added sugar for a person who has a predisposition for the disease is a no-no, even in western medicine.
According to the American Diabetic Association having the right genetics and heredity are the key factors. Yet as you comb the reliable websites they all talk about how poor diet health and choices can lead to insulin resistance and if left untreated it can result in metabolic syndrome and finally diabetes. This is even in people without a family history. My personal research with patients is that anyone can eat themselves into poor health and disease.

My husband and I struggle with things like parents allowing their kids to have Cream of Banana Pie with ice cream and whipped topping, followed by Sugar Babies Candy and Diet Doctor Pepper pop all in one hour. Eating a balanced diet that feeds the brain and body starts early and too much sugar is just too much sugar.

Let’s look at a few stories in the News today on the topic and I hope this article stimulates positive conversation as you review the latest on cutting back on sugar regardless of if it causes diabetes. I think you’ll be surprised by some new research out of the American Diabetic Association that says there may be a link.

And can you die from diabetes? Well it depends where you look on this authority site (American Diabetic Association) though under their myths section, it says you can. This is because it increases your risk of heart disease or stroke which is the official cause of death though someone can die of insulin shock too.

Related Research Stories about sugar and diabetes:

Half of Americans drink daily soda, sweet beverage By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA—Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day—and some are downing a lot.
One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can.
The Centers for Disease Control? and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the governments first to offer national statistics for both adults and kids.
Sweetened drinks have been linked to the U.S. explosion in obesity and related medical problems, and health officials have been urging people to cut back for years. Some officials have proposed an extra soda tax and many schools have stopped selling soda or artificial juices . . . reprinted in:

Frank Hu, MD, PhD, MPH: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Did you know that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has more than doubled in the United States within the last 40 years?

This surge is mainly due to the popularity of carbonated soft drinks. These types of beverages, which also include fruit juices, sweetened teas, sports and energy drinks, are the primary source of added sugar in the U.S. diet. When consumed regularly, the sugary drinks pose serious health risks for both adults and children. Recent research shows that people who regularly consume sugar-sweetened beverages are not only more likely to become overweight or obese, but are also at a greater risk of developing chronic metabolic diseases.
An analysis conducted by an American Diabetes Association-funded researcher, Frank Hu, MD, PhD, MPH., shows that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is strongly associated with developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Providing the first quantitative confirmation of this link, Dr. Hu and fellow researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data from eleven different studies with 310,819 individuals evaluated for diabetes and 19,431 for metabolic syndrome.

Diabetes Myths

Myth: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.
Fact: Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.  Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

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