60 Second Blood Sugar
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is extremely important to good overall health. And just when we thought we’d heard enough to convince us to scratch toxic sugar from our diets comes an even bigger convincer – a study that shows that sugar-sweetened soda consumption may promote disease independently from its role in obesity. This is according to UC San Francisco researchers, who found that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.
The study revealed that telomeres — the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells — were shorter in the white blood cells of survey participants who reported drinking more soda. The findings were reported in the American Journal of Public Health.
The length of telomeres within white blood cells — where it can most easily be measured — has previously been associated with the human lifespan. Short telomeres also have been associated with the development of chronic diseases of aging, including heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.
This finding adds to the list of links that have tied sugary beverages to obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. With so many sodas on the market, we have been seeing an alarming number of cases of type 2 diabetes in youth and children.
Besides giving up sodas, another way to avoid unhealthy blood sugar levels is to limit foods that are white – white bread, white pasta, white potatoes. As they are digested, they turn to sugar in your system. Whole grain bread and pasta as well as pasta made from legumes are a much better choice as they take longer to digest and contain more nutrients.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!