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Sugar Changes Muscle Proteins in a Way That Could Cause Heart Failure


Sphygmomanometer, cardiogram and cup of sugar Researchers officially have the first evidence that eating too much sugar over the course of many years dramatically increases the risk of developing and dying from heart failure.

Glucose Alters a Muscle Protein, Weakening the Heart’s Pumping Capacity

A research team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has published the result of a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association that demonstrates how consuming too much sugar can lead people down a pathway to heart failure.

Scientists have found that a single, small glucose metabolite molecule known as glucose 6-phosphate (G6P), causes stress to the heart that changes the muscle proteins and causes poor pump function leading to heart failure. Further, the researchers determined that G6P accumulates in the circulating blood and tissue stores as a result of excess sugar and starch consumption over extended period of time. As an aside, past studies have also clearly shown that high circulating levels of glucose dramatically increases the risk of cancer and metastatic growth as sugar is the primary and preferred fuel source for cancer cells.

Here’s How You Can Lower Heart Failure Risk:

Simply eliminate dietary sugar and processed carbohydrate foods. Easy right?

Researchers from the American Heart Association state that the increase in sugar consumption has led to more diabetes and heart disease over the past decade. Ineffective treatments using deadly pharmaceuticals have no effect on the progress of the disease and often cause more serious medical problems. The study team examined heart tissue removed from patients undergoing ventricular implants and found that G6P can cause significant damage to the heart muscle. Damage to the heart is exacerbated by a preexisting diagnosis of diabetes or high blood pressure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 550,000 new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., and five million will succumb to the disease. The one-year survival rate after diagnosis is less than 50 percent, making it a virtual death sentence that may be avoidable with appropriate dietary modifications during our early decades of life.

Heart disease and heart failure are not inevitable—even when there is a long family history of disease. Lifestyle and dietary modifications that include elimination of sugary drinks, sweet treats and processed carbohydrates that immediately overwhelm our metabolism with a surge of glucose are essential to prevent an untimely death from cardiovascular disorders and heart failure. Check your progress by monitoring post-meal blood glucose readings to avoid exceeding a reading above 100 mg/dl, two hours after eating.

John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and diet, health and nutrition researcher and author with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives. Discover the latest alternative health news concerning diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and weight loss at My Optimal Health Resource

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