• Understanding the Dangers of Added Sugars

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    Riverside Community Hospital has many resources to help you learn about good nutrition, from our bariatric surgery team to our community classes and H2U service. One of the biggest threats to your health is added sugars. What makes sugar so bad? Consider these risks associated with dishing up too much sugar.

    Heart Disease

    Study after study has linked excessive sugar consumption with heart disease. People who eat too much sugar tend to have lower levels of HDL cholesterol—the good cholesterol—in their bloodstream, along with high levels of dangerous triglycerides. According to the American Heart Association, people who get 17 to 34 percent of their calories from sugar have more than three times the risk of dying of heart disease than those who eat less sugar.

    Cancer

    Sugar is fuel for cancer cells. In fact, sugar plays an important role in diagnosing cancer. In one test, patients drink a glucose solution before having a PET scan. During the scan, doctors look to see if any area absorbs the solution faster than others, because those areas are likely cancer cells.

    Type 2 Diabetes

    Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is closely linked to excess sugar consumption and the associated obesity. Type 2 diabetes can cause nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, and more. Eating added sugars can trigger diabetes and exacerbate the condition once you have it.

    Take control of your nutrition and your health with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. Call us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more about the nutritional support services we have that can help. We also have a Heart Care Institute, organ transplant team, OBGYN services, and much more.