Liquid Sugar

I promised in the previous blog to search out tips for managing diabetes that don’t involve fecal implants. (I’m still appalled by the thought, aren’t you?) We’ll start with soft drinks.

In a March The You Docs newspaper column, Drs. Oz and Roizen informed us that “the beverage industry pumped out 47 gallons of soda for each American” in 2008. “All that liquid sugar isn’t just making us fat. It’s also increasing our risk for deadly diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease.”

Dr. William Douglass reported in his November 22 Daily Dose that sugary drinks boost diabetes risk in slender people as well as overweight individuals. He said researchers examined eleven studies that measured soft drink intake in over 300,000 patients. Those who drank one to two sodas per day increased their risk of diabetes by 26 percent. “Liquid sugar—including soda, ‘sweet’ tea, sports drinks, juice-drinks and energy drinks—is the worst form of all, because it causes the blood-sugar circuit to go haywire with quick spikes and rapid free-falls.”

According to U.S. News & World Report and Dr. Joseph Mercola (mercola.com 11/12), “sugar-sweetened beverages are strongly associated with weight gain… The largest diabetes study, which followed more than 91,000 American women ages 24 to 44 for eight years, made the strongest case for a relationship…” Mercola says “considering…the number one source of calories consumed in the US is in the form of soda, it’s not hard to see the correlation between inappropriate dietary choices and the meteoric rise of diabetes.”

Don’t think you can circumvent the danger by drinking artificially sweetened sodas. Mercola says the fake stuff can cause even more weight gain than sugar causes. More next time! Becky

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