CBS News 60 Minutes: Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD Says Sugar Is Toxic

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer.

Drinking a sugary drink might be just as bad for heart disease as fatty cheeseburgers that the government warned about in the 1970s. Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD says sugar is linked to obesity, Type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. With the American lifestyle causing sugar-related problems, 75 percent of health problems are preventable.

Sugar is also becoming a major focus in cancer research. Sugar causes a sudden spike in the hormon insulin, which causes adverse effects in tissue. Some cancerous tumors have glucose receptor that have insulin receptors that hijack the glucose that is flowing by in the bloodstream.

Sugar is also addictive. Sugar activates the brain similar to cocaine. People consume an average 130 LBS of sugar per person per year.

Increased blood levels of LDL cholesterol and other components creates health problems related to heart disease.

The liver gets overloaded with fructose and creates small dense LDL that are known to lodge in blood vessels, form plaque, and are associated with heart attacks.

Dr. Lustig published the following recommendations …

American men should not consume more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.

American women should not consume more than 100 calories per day from added sugars.


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