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Expert: Limiting Sugary Foods May Help Protect You From COVID-19

Expert: Limiting Sugary Foods May Help Protect You From COVID-19
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By    |   Wednesday, 29 April 2020 02:43 PM

A leading expert says that lowering the amount of sugar you consume during the coronavirus crisis may reduce your risk of getting the disease and limit complications if you do become ill.

Dr. Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh says that with better management of blood sugar levels through diet and exercise, as well as better control of blood glucose for those with diabetes, we “may possibility help control the severity and potentially the spread of the disease.”

According to Eat This, Not That!, researchers around the globe already have linked high blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes with higher risk factors for those who contract the disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome — high blood sugar, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and excess abdominal fat—have a tenfold increased risk of dying from COVID-19 than those without these underlying conditions.

Scientists report that high levels of glucose in the blood can trigger a dangerous inflammatory response called a cytokine storm, according to Scientific American.

But P. Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, president of The Sugar Association, strongly disagrees that sugar plays any role in increasing the odds of someone contracting COVID-19.

Gaine says:

"Advising consumers to reduce sugar consumption to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 or preventing the onset of serious symptoms from the disease is irresponsible, misleading and potentially dangerous.  According to public health experts, the most effective things the public – including those with diabetes – can do to reduce the possibility of contracting the coronavirus is practice proper hygiene and social distancing and wear a facemask when in public.  Zero studies have examined sugar intake and COVID-19. What research has shown and what the American Diabetes Association clearly states is that, 'Type 2 diabetes is not caused by sugar, but by genetics and lifestyle factors.'  It should also be noted for the record that sugar is a moderate glycemic index food, raising blood sugar (medically termed, blood glucose) less than foods like carrots and potatoes."

Around 88 million Americans suffer from high blood sugar, says Eat This, Not That! and the coronavirus epidemic makes it all the more important to revamp your diet to prevent Type 2 diabetes and reduce your risk of complications if you become ill.

While some foods are obviously high in sugar — like candy and other sweets — experts say some food sources are stealthier. Here are 10 foods that also are surprisingly high in sugar, according to Healthline:

  1. Barbecue sauce
  2. Ketchup
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Sports drinks
  5. Energy bars
  6. Chocolate milk
  7. Granola
  8. Vitamin water
  9. Canned soup
  10. Canned fruit

Editors' note: This article has been updated from a previous version.

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