total sugar consumption in England and Wales increased 20- to 25-fold. »
« Gerry Weissmann, a brilliant and imaginative thinker, and colleagues—including my friend and former colleague Elliot Rosenstein—hypothesized that importation of sugar from the West Indies to Europe and a resultant epidemic of periodontal disease was linked to the appearance of [rheumatoid arthritis]. The connection, Porphyromonas gingivalis, occuring in peridontitis, produces peptidyl arginine deiminase, which citrullinates proteins leading to inflammation and consequent RA. »
And sure enough, sugar is on the Arthritis Foundation’s list of foods to avoid because it causes inflammation and makes the condition flare up.
« While nobody knows exactly what causes the complex brain changes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease, scientists suspect one of the drivers is the accumulation of plaques of a faulty protein called beta-amyloid. Now, a new study of mice shows how too much sugar in the blood can speed up the production of the protein. »
Sugar. Is there anything it can’t do? © mathew 2017
© mathew 2017