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The Confection Connection - Why those Christmas cookies make you feel grinchy.

By Dr. Theron Hutton MD

Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that is found naturally in some foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and is added to many processed foods, such as candy, baked goods, and soda. While it is an important source of energy for the body, consuming too much sugar can have negative health consequences. One potential negative effect of consuming excess sugar is inflammation, which is a normal immune response to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of certain diseases. There is evidence to suggest that high levels of sugar intake may contribute to inflammation in the body. For example, a review of studies published in the journal Nutrients found that high sugar intake is associated with increased levels of inflammation markers, such as C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (IL-6). These markers are proteins produced by the body in response to inflammation, and high levels of them can indicate an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Another study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that people who consume a diet high in added sugars have higher levels of inflammation compared to those who consume a diet low in added sugars. Similarly, a review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that high sugar intake is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, which are characterized by chronic inflammation. It is worth noting that the relationship between sugar and inflammation is complex and not fully understood. Some studies have found that sugar intake is not significantly associated with inflammation, while others have found a link. Additionally, the specific types of sugar and the sources of sugar may influence the relationship between sugar and inflammation. For example, added sugars, which are sugars that are added to foods during processing, may have a greater effect on inflammation than naturally occurring sugars.

We often use magnesium, glutathione and vitamin C in an IV to help reduce inflammation at our IV clinic.

For help with those sugar craving and some ways to reduce inflammation visit our website at mulberry vitamin infusion. References:

  • Ruiz-Canela, M., et al. (2016). Sugar intake, diet quality and metabolic health: A review. Nutrients, 8(7), 463.

  • Mozaffarian, D., et al. (2006). Changes in diet and lifestyle and long-term weight gain in women and men. New England Journal of Medicine, 364(25), 2392-2404.

  • Schwingshackl, L., & Hoffmann, G. (2014). Long-term effects of low glycemic index/load vs. high glycemic index/load diets on parameters of obesity and obesity-associated risks: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 24(9), 929-939.

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