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Elevated Sugar Intake Linked to Significantly Raised Risk of Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Author: Dr Mercola

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According to a study published in 2013, nearly one in five US deaths is now associated with obesity[1]. Obesity is indeed a marker for chronic and potentially deadly disease, but the underlying problem that links obesity to so many other serious health issues—including heart disease—ismetabolic dysfunction.

Mounting evidence clearly shows that added sugars, and processed fructose[2] in particular, is a primary driver of metabolic dysfunction.

Refined fructose is actually broken down very much like alcohol[3], damaging your liver and causing mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction in the same way as ethanol and other toxins.

It also causes more severe metabolic dysfunction because it’s more readily metabolized into fat than any other sugar[4]. The fact that refined fructose is far more harmful to your health than other sugars was recently highlighted in a meta-review published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.1

The average American consumes one-third of a pound of sugar per day, half of which is processed fructose. Other statistics found in Dr. Richard Johnson’s book, The Sugar Fix,2 suggest about 50 percent of Americans consume as much as half a pound[5], more than 225 grams, per day!

The majority of all this sugar is hidden in processed foods and beverages, so to address obesity and related health issues like diabetes and heart disease, ridding your diet of processed fare is key for success.

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