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Sugar the Silent Killer

I used to do a presentation on sugar and the effects it has on the body.  Most people are becoming aware of the detriment sugar has on their systems, due to the well known Ketogenic diet and Paleo diet.  I explain to most of my patients how sugar is the culprit for a majority of AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS. Our bodies were not designed to consume and process so much sugar.  The poor little Pancreas starts to shut down and the Liver becomes overloaded.  This is why the rise of Type II Diabetes has become astronomical. And why are so many people getting diagnosed with Fatty Liver and have not had a drop of alcohol in their life? SUGAR.  So many times when I do this lecture, patient's have come up to me and said " That explains why I have Fatty Liver, my doctor doesn't believe me when I say I don't drink." 

But here is the problem I grapple with when talking to patients about Sugar: "I don't eat sweets.", " I don't like candies or cookies." , "I'm not a dessert person."   Well my friends, sugar does not just come from the "Sweet family"

Let me open up to the foods that you forget about that will have a high amount of sugar in it once it is processed by the body.

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Popcorn
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Fruit
  • Grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Chickpeas
  • Beans
  • Flavored Yogurt

Carbohydrates convert into forms of sugar.  There are many different forms of sugar: Fructose (fruit), Lactose (milk), Maltose (bread, beer), Galactose (cheese, sour cream).  

Many of these foods are healthy, but consumption in large amounts is = to drinking a can of coke.  Blueberries should be eaten by a handful, not a quart.  Everything should be consumed in small doses. 

These overconsumption of sugars can disrupt the bodies natural processes and lead to:

  • Fatty Liver
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Memory Loss
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Weight Gain around the abdomen
  • Hormone issues
  •  PCOS
  • Infertility
  • Adrenal issues
  • Sleep disorders/ Insomnia
  • Plaquing of the Arteries
  • Stroke/Heart Attack
  • MS, RA, LUPUS, IBS, CHRONS, Parkinsons
  • Dementia

If you are interested in learning more, Please set up an appointment to consult with Dr. Cherie Johnson at or 205-408-5600