The Incredible Danger of Sugar Overconsumption

Dr. Mike Hansen pointed out this systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials. This included 73 meta-analyses and 83 health outcomes from 8601 unique articles, including 74 unique outcomes in meta-analyses of observational studies and nine unique outcomes in meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials. The results: Significant harmful associations between dietary sugar consumption and 18 endocrine/metabolic outcomes, 10 cardiovascular outcomes, seven cancer outcomes, and 10 other outcomes (neuropsychiatric, dental, hepatic, osteal, and allergic) were detected. Moderate quality evidence suggested that the highest versus lowest dietary sugar consumption was associated with increased body weight (sugar sweetened beverages) (class IV evidence) and ectopic fatty accumulation (added sugars) (class IV evidence). High dietary sugar consumption is generally more harmful than beneficial for health, especially in cardiometabolic disease. Reducing the consumption of free sugars or added sugars to below 25 g/day (approximately 6 teaspoons/day) and limiting the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages to less than one serving/week (approximately 200-355 mL/week) are recommended to reduce the adverse effect of sugars on health.


Dr. Hansen goes on to point out the sugar consumption overwhelms the body which shuttles it to the liver which causes a high and fast insulin response from the pancreas. Do this over and over again, then one becomes insulin resistant, leading to type 2 diabetes and many other diseases that end up shortening your lifespan and causing you to feel run down. There are many types of cancer that are more likely to occur if one is insulin-resistant.


Sugar in liquids (soda and fruit juice) is the most dangerous.

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Sugar is considered an addiction because it meet the DSM-5 criteria for addiction.


The list of sugar-related ills include:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • stroke
  • gout
  • cancer
  • asthma
  • tooth decay
  • depression
  • early death



Dr. Hansen also shows the many forms and names that sugar (sucrose) can take:

  • Agave
  • Barley malt
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane juice/evaporated cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Cane syrup
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates (for example, apple juice concentrate)
  • Fruit nectars
  • Glucose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Syrup
  • Trehalose
  • Turbinado

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Currently, the number one source of added sugars in the American diet is beverages. Those that contain added sugars include:

Added sugars are also found in many other foods, some of which may come as a surprise because they tend to not be considered sweet. These include (but are not limited to):

Dr. Hansen’s advice on cutting down on sugar consumption.

By Otto

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