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Cancer Loves Sugar

In spite of the fact that sugar is not classified as a carcinogenic (cancer causing agent), there are many studies that show overconsumption of sugar can lead to development of several types of cancers.

On average, Americans exceed the recommended sugar intake by over 50%, up to close to 100%. Recommendations from WHO, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association recommend no more than 6-9 tsp of sugar per day. It is estimated the average American consumes 17 tsp of sugar per day. Although there is conflicting data on the link between glucose (sugar) and cancer, more and more research studies are showing an undebatable link between excessive glucose levels and several types of cancers. Many more studies are being conducted showing strong evidence that sugar consumption is associated with increased risk of several types of cancers. Data also shows an accelerated progression of cancer, higher recurrence rate of cancer, and higher mortality rates from cancer. Tumor cells/cancer cells prefer sugar for their energy source. Having a high, readily available source of energy for cancer cells can cause more rapid growth.

In addition to the direct link, another indirect link to sugar and cancer is obesity. There is solid proof that shows high -sucrose and high fructose diets activate inflammation, can cause metabolic syndrome, and contribute to obesity which all three are risk factors to developing several types of cancers. Having high blood sugar levels lead to disease like insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, heart disease which again are risk factors for developing cancer.

There are many lifestyle factors you can improve to reduce your risk of developing cancer in your lifetime. Make it a point to reduce your sugar intake as one way to help. Follow me for ideas on simple ways to reduce your daily sugar intake!

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace treatment from your professional health care team. Use this information at your own risk and judgement. If you suspect you have a medical condition you should seek professional healthcare help. This information it to help guide you to achieve better health.

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