Archive for October, 2014


Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Repeat after me . . . SUGAR IS TOXIC!

Does the word “telomeres” ring a bell? If not, let me tell you why you need to know about them.  Telomeres are the tiny caps at the ends of our chromosomes, and they are an important marker of a person’s age.  In other words, as we get older, they naturally get shorter.

So what does “telomere length” have to do with sugar, you might be afraid to ask?

Sugar over-consumption shortens the length of a cell’s telomere which leads to cell aging which leads to overall premature aging! According to a report (October 16, 2014) in the Journal of Public Health, the study entitled “Soda and Cell Aging: Associations between Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Leukocyte Telomere Length in Healthy Adults From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys” revealed a link between sugary soda intake and shorter telomeres!

It turns out that drinking one 20-ounce soda a day (16.9 teaspoons of sugar) can add more than four years of telomere aging. That’s the same diminished telomere length as a smoker’s!

The reason I asked if the word “telomere” rang a bell is because last month it was reported that meditating, yoga and having a positive outlook can protect a cell’s telomere length by increasing the enzyme “telomerase.”

This is a no-brainer!! BE HAPPY AND STOP SUGAR!!