Sugar Is Inflaming – Basic Science Facts

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Majid Ali, M.D.

Sugar is inflaming. At one basic level, here is the explanation:

* Sugary foods rapidly raises blood sugar.

* Sugar spikes triggers an insulin spike.

* Insulin rapidly drive down the blood sugar level rapidly, creating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) state.

* Hypoglycemia creates hunger.

* Hunger creates a desire for sugary food.

* Sugary foods rapidly raises blood sugar.

* The above sugar-insulin-more-sugar-more-insulin cycles repeats itself.

Basic Chemistry of How Sugar Causes Inflammation


Basic Chemistry

Here in simple words are the chemistry facts that support my statement:

* Sugar is converted into a natural compound called pyruvate by a process called glycolysis

* Pyruvate is then metabolized to generate ATP energy in a system of oxygen-driven catalysts (enzymes) called Krebs Cycle.

* When oxygen’s metabolic functions are blocked partially or completely, pyruvate is changed into lactate.

* When oxygen’s functions are restored blocked partially or completely, pyruvate is changed into lactate


Oxygen to Fermentative Shift

Oxygen in the cells assures high-efficiency metabolism and energy generation. When oxygen in the cells is deficient or dysfunctional, cellular energetics are degraded to low-efficiency metabolism called fermentation. To simplify the presentation of this basic and clinically crucial shift in sugar metabolism, below are facts of chemistry:

* Sugar is converted into a natural compound called pyruvate by a process called glycolysis

* Pyruvate is then metabolized to generate ATP energy in a system of oxygen-driven catalysts (enzymes) called Krebs Cycle.

* When oxygen’s metabolic functions are blocked partially or completely, pyruvate is changed into lactate. The term “P-to-L” shift is suitable for it.

* When oxygen’s functions are restored blocked partially or completely, pyruvate is changed into lactate

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