Sugar May Shorten Your Life Up To 20 Percent

Sugar May Shorten Your Life Up To 20 Percent!

If the impact on worms are any indication sugar in your diet could be causing more than just obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers reporting in the November, 2009 issue of Cell Metabolism (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2887095/) say it might also be taking years off your life.

By adding just a small amount of glucose to C. elegans’ (a non-parasitic, roundworm, about 1 mm in length) normal meal of bacteria, they found the worms lose about 20 percent of their usual lifespan. They trace the effect to insulin signals, which can block the effects of life-extending proteins that bind to our genes.

Although the findings are in worms, Cynthia Kenyon of the University of California, San Francisco (see: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/mar/17/cynthia-kenyon-rational-heroes-interview) says there are known to be many similarities between worms and people in the insulin signalling pathways department.


As a result of her discovery, Kenyon read up on low-carb diets and changed her eating habits by cutting out starches and desserts.

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