Friday, July 13, 2018

Sugar Consumption And Frailty

The Study
This study included 1,973 subjects from Spain over 60 years of age. Sugar consumption was measured with a computer based food frequency questionnaire. Frailty was defined as the presence of three of the following symptoms; exhaustion, low physical activity, slow gait speed, unintentional weight loss and muscle weakness. After several years of follow-up, subjects consuming the most sugar (greater than 36 grams or 9 teaspoons per day) had over twice the risk of frailty when compared to subjects consuming the least amount of sugar (less 15 grams or 4 teaspoons of sugar). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2018; 107:772.

Take Home Message
The research literature has shown that added sugar increases risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. This study shows that it also may have a very negative impact on healthy aging. What makes this study interesting is that it focuses on quality of life and ability to function, rather than a single disease outcome. Do your very best to strictly limit sugar in your diet. Better yet, completely eliminate it.

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