How Dangerous Can High Sugar Levels Be?
Higher average sugar dietary allowance leads to higher average insulin levels which leads to suppressed expression of a series of DNA repair genes. All else kept equal this means a faster rate of aging, and shorter time before impairment of important regulatory genes, meaning a shorter time before the development of cancers. Higher average blood sugar also means a higher rate of glycation reactions within the body. Glycation is when a sugar molecule binds a protein. This impairs the protein’s normal function. Table sugar - “saccharose”- is a dimer (two molecules bound together) of two simple sugars: Glucose, which is the primary form of sugar used within the body, and Fructose, which comes from fruits. Fructose happens to be up to 11x more potent in inducing glycation than the sugar our body would naturally produce (Glucose). Glycation within blood vessels impairs the natural flexibility of these vessels. The ensuing increased rigidity (1) decreases their mechanical buffering of the cardiac impulse, which leads to increased Systolic Blood Pressure, and increased overall blood pressure, (2) makes them more fragile and more prone to breakage, which leads to a higher propensity Continue reading >>