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Fountain Of Youth Or Death By Sweets? Another Study Reveals Sugar Kills

I don't really want to be the one to break it to you, especially the day after Christmas, but sugar kills. On the bright side, 2010 is just around the corner and you're not too late to cross sugar off your list of healthy energy foods for the new year. 

It turns out that sugar (glucose), while seeming to be a simply exquisite way to pump up your brain, is actually stressing out your brain cells, and millions of other cells in your body, to death.  The latest published study, undertaken by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham determined that glucose not only stresses out normal cells but inhibits cell division of normal cells.  In precancerous cells, on the other hand, high levels of glucose sped up the division of cells, resulting in greater numbers of the cells.

 

"DEATH NOTE: HOW I REALLY DIED" by slifertheskydragon at Deviant Art"DEATH NOTE: HOW I REALLY DIED" by slifertheskydragon at Deviant Art

 

When normal cells were given restricted-glucose diets, the cells displayed higher levels of telomerase, a genetic enzyme that lowers their activity and extends their lifespan.  But many of the  precancerous cells on restricted-glucose diets actually died.  

"Our hope is that the discovery that reduced calories {reduced sugar} extends the lifespan of normal human cells will lead to further discoveries of the causes for these effects in different cell types and facilitate the development of novel approaches to extend the lifespan of humans," said Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Center for Aging and Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "We would also hope for these studies to lead to improved prevention of cancer as well as many other age-related diseases through controlling calorie intake of specific cell types."

Why not get a jump on 2010 by checking out a list of low-glycemic foods on this index and sticking to healthier brain foods for your buzz!