Sugar: Sweet With a Bitter Aftertaste

Here’s another great short video (4 minutes) on the dangers of sugar, this one from a Swiss bank! It asks the question whether it was really a good idea to vilify saturated fat and eat more sugar instead. Paradigm shift in progress.

Read the entire report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute:

Global Trends: Is Sugar Turning the Economy Sour?

19 Comments

  1. Dina
    Great! But one wonders how come a bank makes research on sugar ...?
    Reply: #13
  2. Graham_LCHF
    Hi Andreas,

    Thanks so much for you blog and all the work you put into the well-being of people that otherwise would only get sicker if they followed the official dietary dogma.

    I'll tell you my story. A year ago diagnosed with T2 diabetes. Had several components of the metabolic syndrome. My initial HbA1c was 11.6 (the old UK units). My weight was 87.kg and my BMI was 30. I also had a very poor lipid profile (very low HDL levels).

    Went onto metformin at 500mg x2 day and was told to come back in 6-8 weeks to see what dosage of metformin I needed (I guess it's standard to up it very quickly).

    OK so initially I followed the orthodoxy for about 8 weeks, started doing exercise etc., but just didn't see much improvement. I started looking into the science of carbohydrate - initially by learning about the glycemic index/load. Then it hit me - that fat has an effective GI of zero. Of course I read Gary Taubes and others like your work Andreas (just to make sure Taubes wasn't a fruit-cake) and the science convinced me. The work of Phinney and Volek in this area is excellent.

    Anyways I went back in for my blood work and lipid profile etc., after 6 months or so of following LCHF. My HbA1c was 6.7, my weight was 78kg and my overall cholesterol (which had previously been too low if anything) had marginally gone up but my HDL level was much much better.

    Guess what? The medical people (a diabetic nurse then a doctor) I was dealing with told me off for not coming back sooner and said "well you blood glucose control is good but your cholesterol has in an 'unexplained' way gone up and you need to be on a statin. I said no and wanted to discuss the HDL to triglyceride ratio - which they refused to do!

    They also asked me about my lifestyle and what I was doing (or not). So I told them I'd been doing LCHF. That I had not exercised at all whilst doing the diet and again they didn't believe me.

    OK so I gave them a copy of this study http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/8/1/92

    "Carbohydrate restricted diet in conjunction with metformin and liraglutide is an effective treatment in patients with deteriorated type 2 diabetes mellitus: Proof-of-concept study"

    And mentioned they should read Gary Taubes, Stephen Phinney, Jeff Volek and Eric Westerman (I showed them a copy of the New Atkins book those guys have authored).

    I suggested if they really wanted to help there T2 patients they would. Put it this way the reaction was very negative.

    So I think I might be changing doctors quite soon.

    Now I know for the next stage of my treatment I need to lose another 14kg or so and incorporate some regular physical exercise (not for weight loss as such but general health).

    Anyway just wanted to share my story so far - don't let the orthodoxy that uninformed medical people come out with from going LCHF - it's an amazingly effective 'treatment'.

    Speaking of paradigm shifts not all British doctors are immune to the evidence before their eyes.

    See this - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/22/butter-cheese-sat...

    "Aseem Malhotra says saturated fat is not a problem, low-fat products are often full of sugar and statins are over-prescribed."

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  3. Congratulations! You are better informed than your doctor. ;)
  4. Sheryah
    Thanks for all your help in my LCHF journey. I've also found talks that Prof Tim Noakes do every month on a Cape Town radio station very helpfull. You can find it here:

    http://helgavan.com/?page_id=7345

  5. robert
    Noooooo! Don't tax sugar, CUT the problem at the source.

    Unfortunately that falls into the realm of lobbyism. We don't need subsidies on sugar-beets and corn, only to have this stuff turned into sugar. We have hard facts what happens if all foods get sugared-up.

    If at all, subsidize real food!

  6. Lobo
    @Graham. Don't bother with changing doctors. They mostly all follow the same script and won't talk about about LCHF(at least that was the advice i received when i broached the same subject).

    Like yourself, since diagnosis nearly 4 years ago I have refused to follow any advice which they try to impart. The net result being an HBA1c of 5.2, having reversed background retinopathy, reversed neuropathy, reversed NAFLD, dropped 50lbs in weight and STILL they say I'm on the wrong track. :-)

    @DOC. Keep up the good work. It's the likes of yourself, Dr Kendrick, Dr Briffa, Tom Naughton(fathead) et al that just might see the world change for the better, sooner, rather than later.

  7. Graham_LCHF
    typo - don't let the orthodoxy that uninformed medical people come out with *stop anyone* from going LCHF - it's an amazingly effective 'treatment'.
  8. Paul the rat
    Well done Graham. There are low carb family practitioners in US who can be accessed by the internet, so if you are in a need of consultancy this could be a possibility.
    All the best
  9. Ted Hutchinson
    I think it may be worth mentioning that SUGAR doesn't just refer to Beet or Cane Sugars but also includes HFCS ~ Corn Sugar (and all it's pseudonyms).
    It's possible fructose-induced uric acid generation causes mitochondrial oxidative stress that stimulates fat accumulation independent of excessive caloric intake see
    Sugar, uric Acid, and the etiology of diabetes and obesity.
    Uric acid is associated with arterial stiffening .
    Arterial stiffness is linked to amyloid deposition initiating the Alzheimer's cascade.
    So we need to think about heart disease and dementia as well as diabetes and obesity.
  10. Graham_LCHF
    @Doc

    Thanks.

    Like others say keep up the good work - the science and the evidence is on our (the LCHF) side!

  11. Graham_LCHF
    @Paul

    Thanks.

    I might think about getting a VAP cholesterol panel done privately if the NHS people refuse to discuss my ratios or indeed refuse to let me have a copy of my own test records with regard to my blood-work and lipid profile.

    It does not help when they talk to patients like we are all 5 year children!

    I really don't know why we pay high taxes in the UK for the NHS then get a crappy service when we do actually need to use it.

    But anyway that's way off-topic!

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  12. laza
    The other day in a local grocery store...

    Clerk at the checkout (loudly): Hey folks, today's special, 2l Coke is only 1 dollar. One dollar!
    Me: If one is trying to lose weight, even $1 is too much.
    Clerk: Yeah, I know...
    Me: Even $0 would be too much. But, I'd buy it if it was -$1, if you gave me a dollar to take a bottle. I'd toss them all in the nearest garbage and keep the money.

  13. Craig Crawford
    Banks typically offer insurance, including health insurance. If they can improve health of their clients then they can lower insurance costs.
  14. Ari
    Hi Doc! This is BIG! When banks start steering their capital away from sugar it is a sign of a real shift! Banks do not do it for charity.
    On their web-page https://www.credit-suisse.com/ch/en/news-and-expertise/news/economy/g...
    they also publish this very high quality PDF:
    https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fi...
    Now money talks! Seems this tidal wave is now unstoppable. And this turn is very fresh - document date: 09/2013.
  15. David Gillespie
    Andreas - I've written a piece on the implications of Credit Suisse's paper (and the likely otucomes). I thought your readers might be interested: http://www.raisin-hell.com/2013/10/the-gig-is-up.html

    Cheers
    David

  16. Jo
    I would change your doc then Graham. My NHS doc is fine with giving me a copy of my test results. My stepmother is a nurse so she always wants to talk about them!! I've had the same doc for over 20 years and I think the paternal attitude has changed in recent years. She's a lot more collaborative and less bossy than she was. I hope you can find a doc with a more up-to-date attitude.
  17. Francois
    Graham,

    If you live in the US or Canada (those are the two countries I know), your physician has no right to refuse to give you a copy of your results. If your physician refuses to discuss your profile and your ratio, he obviously is a jerk and I strongly recommend you change physicians. When you eat LCHF, your cholesterol will go up (who cares) but your HDL (what people call the good cholesterol) will also go up. LDL (what is caled bad cholesterol) will go down, but more important, your a subtype will go up (great stuff) and your subfraction b will go down (which is great, as this b fraction of ldl is like a bullet that pierces the endothelium of your vessels). The a subfraction is like a beach balloon. The secret is to look at your triglycerides. If they are high, you eat too many carbs and you are in trouble. Eat less than 50g of carbs per day and the a fraction will increase. Even if ldl is high, when trigs are low, it is not dangerous.

    And statins only work in secondary prevention in men 50-65 years old. But after taking medication 10 years, with the plethora of side effects, only one patient ouf of 100 (or less) is saved from a heart attack death. Cholesterol is a minor risk factor of heart disease at very high levels when the b subfraction of ldl is high, with triglycerides. Hope this helps.

    It is your health. Reclaim it. CGood luck.

    Reply: #19
  18. Glen0
    The story of a major bank throwing their weight behind vilifying sugar sounds wonderful at first thought, but there are other perspectives to consider whilst viewing. Sugar is more expensive than artificial sweeteners and the supply of sugar is harder to guarantee than artificial sweeteners. People are stubborn and don't want to give up sugar for the cheaper artificial sweeteners but the idea of a sugar tax to help nudge things along wouldn't hurt the agenda. I have seen heaps of overweight people drinking sugar free sodas with their wholegrain low fat sandwich or such. Sugar is being used as a scape goat, only because its sale isn't as profitable as it once was.
    I am not trying to defend sugar but when I was growing up (41) we ate plenty of sugar just not quite as much as people do now days but the prevalence of t2 diabetes or even obesity was nowhere near what it is now.
    I have a feeling that polyunsaturated and hydrogenated vegetable oils are major culprits in the cellular inflammation that then cascades into insulin problems with the ingestion of any carbs.
  19. Graham_LCHF
    Hi Francois,

    I live in England and have to use the NHS. Let's just say it's not the most 'customer sensitive' service one could encounter.

    But yes I am going to try another doctor and see if I can actually have a sensible discussion about my HDL etc., levels, ratios and so on.

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