Pain and Sugar Consumption – Make sense of the hype


Examine your diet and movement honestly. For pain anywhere in your body, a diet high in carbohydrates will worsen pain. High carbohydrate diets increase chronic inflammation. This is how: Increased insulin levels cause cells to produce inflammatory cytokines (small proteins) which increase inflammation and pain in the body via the central and peripheral nervous systems. Wherever the pain is, it is magnified by this process. Artificial sweeteners also add to pain, however, so they are not the answer. Also, grains break down into carbohydrates.

There are over 50 names for sugar in our foods. They include high fructose corn syrup, other forms of corn syrup, fructose, dextrose…anything –ose and some that might surprise you. Here is a link to those names:

Ninety grams of carbohydrates (carbs) daily is my recommendation for a normally active person. If a person is trying to lose fat or is sedentary, then the number is lower. Look at what you ate for breakfast today – a day’s worth of carbs, right? We can and must do better.

Load up on (no carb) vegetables, a few brightly colored fruits, and healthy proteins. If it comes in a box, package, or from the dairy or bakery department, always read the ingredients and check the carbohydrate count. Yogurt may be unhealthy; often it contains added sugar.

If your physician says it’s ok, get out and move. Swimming is great, walk, ride a bicycle, move a little more than before. Let’s get the most out of the life we’ve been given, one healthy habit at a time!