(10/02/13) - Sugar! We hear, over and over, that it is bad for us. Now, some doctors are blaming it for the out of control diabetes epidemic. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicting one-in-three people will have diabetes by 2050, it's a theory some experts say we can't ignore.
The average American diet includes more than 30 teaspoons of sugar a day. It should actually include far less - six teaspoons per day for women and nine for men.
Rocco LoBosco believes sugar is a major cause of his type 2 diabetes, "I was a cookie freak."
A recent Stanford University study found the more sugar in a population's food supply, the higher the rate of diabetes; that was independent of obesity rates.
"We don't need to have this level of disease," says Dr. Richard Jacoby of the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute.
He has seen first hand what too much sugar can do. Jacoby's patients, like Rocco, face amputation because of out of control type 2 diabetes, "it's devastating."
Rocco lost his toe and, Jacoby says, sugar's impact doesn't stop there, "sugar is considered the number one culprit in cancer disease, as well as diabetic neuropathy, and cardiac, and stroke."
The silent killer comes camouflaged in other foods, Jacoby adds, "wheat, bread, any grain is sugar."
Those foods trigger an insulin response in the body leading to weight gain, which is why Jacoby disagrees with current dietary guidelines, "six to 11 helpings of grains a day, that's absurd. that's why we are all diabetic."
Instead, Dr. Jacoby recommends a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and oils, grass fed meat and veggies, "if it tastes good, don't eat it, and that means it has sugar in it. And if you do that you will lose weight and your diabetes will go away."
Rocco has lost 34 pounds since starting the diet and says he has his blood sugar under control, "it's a lousy disease, but I have some control over it."
Most importantly, he's still walking around. In another new study on sugar, mice were fed a diet with 25 percent added sugar, a level currently considered safe in humans. Researchers found that female mice died at twice the normal rate and male mice were less likely to reproduce.
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