The new blood sugar marker you need to know about
The problem is so momentous that most people simply can’t believe it: “You mean SUGAR is causing all those diseases we have been blaming on smoking and cholesterol?” Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying.
Of course, the Sugar Trust just keeps saying, “There just isn’t enough evidence. More studies are needed.” This is nothing more than a stalling tactic. They know in their hearts they are wrong and are poisoning the world. They know it in their brain and liver too, but greed makes it easy to overlook the obvious.
There is some confusion here that must be cleared up or the sugar mongers will win by default. “It’s not sugar,” they say, “that causes diabetes. Sugar goes up because of diabetes.”
That is total bull (sorry, there’s no nicer way to say it). Diabetes is, by definition, an excess of sugar in the blood. And where does that sugar come from? Not hard to answer, since the food industry puts sugar in almost every prepared food you buy at the market.
Besides, recent studies make it clear, if it wasn’t clear to you already, that excessive sugar in the diet leads to diabetes. And then this excess of sugar, over a period of time, causes heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, kidney disease, and stroke.
One recent study from Johns Hopkins University examined 13 studies and concluded that a high blood sugar is directly associated with an increased risk of heart disease in people with diabetes. What the authors are trying to say, as I see it, is don’t blame your heart disease on a word, “diabetes,” blame it on the real culprit, sugar.
Better than blood sugar
All of these recent studies looked at the percentage of a substance called glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in the blood. Plain old blood sugar levels can vary dramatically, but HbA1c is a more consistent marker of the state of your blood sugar. When the HbA1c increases by one percentage point, the risk of heart disease or stroke rises by nearly 20 percent. Likewise, when HbA1c percentage drops, heart disease risk drops as well.
UK researchers found essentially the same relationship: For every HbA1c percentage point that rose above 5 percent, risk of problems associated with heart disease rose more than 20 percent.
So the “experts” need to stop blaming plugged coronary arteries on “diabetes,” as though it was something the patient “caught,” like pneumonia. The fact is, the person “caught” it through years of sugar abuse.
Action to take:
Have your doctor test your HbA1c levels on your next visit. And in the meantime, work on kicking the sugar habit.
“Sugar Shock,” Health Sciences Institute e-Alert (www.hsibaltimore.com), 9/28/04