Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sugar and the Brain, 2


Consuming too much sugar has been found to be an independent risk factor for heart disease, the leading killer of individuals in the United States. Excessive consumption of fructose (sugar) can cause health problems similar to those caused by excessive consumption of ethanol (alcohol). See comparisons below (from Nature, 2012).

Chronic Ethanol Exposure
Chronis Fructose Exposure

Hematologic disorders
Electrolyte abnormalities
Hypertension
Cardiac dilatation
Cardiomyopathy
Dyslipidemia
Pancreatitis
Obesity (insulin resistance)
Malnutrition
Hepatic dysfunction (alcoholic steatohepatitis)
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Addiction



Hypertension

Myocardial infarction
Dyslipidemia
Pancreatitis
Obesity (insulin resistance)
Malnutrition
Hepatic dysfunction (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

Habituation, if not addiction


More tomorrow.

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