A long time ago, sugar was considered luxury and only certain people had access to it. You had to be very lucky to have it added to your tea or coffee.
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF), sugar was “still extraordinarily expensive until the middle of the 18th to 19th century.”
“That expense may have been a blessing in disguise, as it made it virtually impossible for most people to consume in excess. And therein lies the problem. Sugar acts as a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin (poison) when consumed in excess,” Dr. Lustig explained.
These days, we consume 20 times more sugar when compared to our ancestors and it seems that we have completely lost our control over the amount we use.
Why Is Sugar Bad for Your Liver? (watch the video)
Due to the fact that our liver has limited capacity to metabolize processed fructose, this is the major reason why sugar is detrimental to the liver. The video above explains why sugar may lead to diabetes and how it damages the liver.
According to Dr. Lustig, the liver has the capacity to metabolize only six teaspoons of sugar daily.
Still, an average American consumes about twenty teaspoons of added sugar daily. This excess sugar turns into body fat and leads to many chronic metabolic diseases over time. Among them are:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
According to SugarScience.org, a product of Dr. Robert Lustig and his colleagues, who have reviewed over 8,000 independent studies on sugar and its effect on heart disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease and more:
“Over time, consuming large quantities of added sugar can stress and damage critical organs, including the pancreas and liver. When the pancreas, which produces insulin to process sugars, becomes overworked, it can fail to regulate blood sugar properly.
Large doses of the sugar fructose also can overwhelm the liver, which metabolizes fructose. In the process, the liver will convert excess fructose to fat, which is stored in the liver and also released into the bloodstream.
This process contributes to key elements of MetS [metabolic syndrome], including high blood fats or triglycerides, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and extra body fat in the form of a sugar belly.”
Borderline High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Kidney Damage
The body is designed to have only a teaspoon of sugar in the blood. So, in case the blood sugar levels significantly rise, you are likely to go into a hyperglycemic coma.
In order to prevent this and maintain healthy sugar levels, the body works very hard by producing insulin. Any meal which is high in sugar and grain carbohydrates usually raises the blood glucose levels.
To make it up for this, the pancreas secretes insulin and lowers the blood sugar to prevent a fatal outcome. However, insulin turns the sugar into fat, which means that the more you secrete, the fatter you become.
Regular consumption of foods high in sugar and grains keeps the blood glucose levels high at all times, which in turn makes the body “desensitized” to insulin. Consequently, you become insulin resistant and then diabetic.
According to a recent study, people with slightly elevated blood sugar levels are at greater risk of kidney disease. Those with abnormal sugar levels were 95% more likely to have hyperfiltration, which may lead to kidney damage in diabetes.