Sugar and Back Pain

……….Now to the sugar, I promised to do more research on it and send it out in my emails this week. So, here’s what I have found. It is a known fact that overeating sugar can cause obesity and diabetes. How does that happen? Sugar is classed under carbohydrates – which starts to digest once it is put in the mouth and mixed with saliva. It becomes glucose and stays in the bloodstream. The pancreas releases insulin that helps to regulate blood glucose levels, preventing diabetes. Excess blood glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. When these levels rise, they can cause the body to release insulin and stress hormones. These, in turn, causes inflammation of the areas of the body with less blood circulation such as joints and bones. That is why the back/spine and joints are mostly affected by the inflammatory process. In fact, this process has been found by research to be one of the leading causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

That begs the question, what is inflammation? Simply put, it is the body’s go-to response when there is an injury, naturally. It is the body’s way of removing harmful substances including damaged cells. These signs tell you that an inflammatory process is in place – pain, redness, warmth, swelling and loss of function [not being able to use the injured part]. There are two types of inflammation the acute [when the injury just occurs and disappears when the cause of injury is removed] and chronic “inflammation can also occur in response to other unwanted substances in the body, such as toxins from cigarette smoke or an excess of fat cells (especially fat in the belly area). Inside arteries, inflammation helps kick off atherosclerosis—the buildup of fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque. Your body perceives this plaque as abnormal and foreign, so it attempts to wall off the plaque from the flowing blood. But if that wall breaks down, the plaque may rupture. The contents then mingle with blood, forming a clot that blocks blood flow. These clots are responsible for most heart attacks and most strokes.” – Harvard Health

 

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