Sugar Kills

Even more data out there indicating just how bad sugar is for your health.

A study published in the November issue of Cell Metabolism focuses on information gleaned from the worm C. elegans by Cynthia Kenyon's lab at the University of California, San Francisco.

I think pretty much everyone knows the dangers of obesity and type 2 diabetes, both associated with consuming too many calories, a danger frequently encountered by frequent sugar consumers. The difference here is that it's the specific use of glucose that spells the danger. Apparently the life stretching benefits of a low sugar diet are partly due to the increased use of the aquaporin channels that transport glycerol, one of the ingredients in the process by which the body produces its own glucose.

If your diet has lots of glucose, then the aquaporin channel is rarely activated because the constant intake of sugar negates the need to retrieve glycogen from the liver to convert into glucose---and that can erase years, even decades, off of your life span. Freaky. So activation of the gene daf-2 has side effects, probably due to FOXO variants like DAF-16 and the heat shock factor HSF-1, that extend lifespan. Who knew?

Will this change my candy loving lifestyle? Not a chance.


Teresa said…
I stopped reporting the dangers of sugar to you because you NEVER listen! Now you are reporting them and NOT LISTENING! What a guy!

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