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Effects of Consuming Too Much Sugar
Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor at the University of Endocrinology and an expert in sugar metabolism, says that “your body can safely metabolize six teaspoons of added sugar per day.”
A can of coke has almost 10 teaspoons of sugar in it, that’s more then double the amount of sugar your body can metabolize a day. With Halloween quickly approaching, keep this number in mind.
Most Americans are consuming over the safe limit of sugar. The excess sugar that is consumed becomes metabolized into body fat, leading to chronic metabolic diseases. Here are some of the effects that consuming too much sugar has on your health:
- It overloads and damages your liver.
- It tricks your body into gaining weight and affects your insulin and leptin signaling.
- It causes metabolic dysfunction.
- It increases your uric acid levels.
Study Shows Chiropractic Helps Improve Quality of Life in Children
The Journal of Alternative, Complementary, & Integrative Medicine published a study on December 20, 2017, showing that children under chiropractic care experience an improved quality of life on multiple levels as measured by standard tests. According to the Oxford dictionary, quality of life (QoL) can be defined as, “The standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group.”
The study authors begin by noting that chiropractic care has become very popular for the pediatric population. They cite one study in 2007, which estimated that there were approximately 86 million pediatric visits made annually to chiropractors. Part of the conclusion from the previous study was that “…chiropractic care of children represents a significant aspect of not only the practice of chiropractic but also pediatric healthcare in general.”
Historically, chiropractic care for the pediatric population has been for a wide range of issues from chronic illness to wellness care. The researchers stated, “The treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as neck pain and low back pain as well as the promotion of health and wellbeing has been reported to be common motivations for seeking chiropractic care of children. However, studies that evaluated the frequency of, reasons for, and factors influencing CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine) use and specialty pediatrics within the same geographic locale have also found evidence of the utilization of chiropractic care for children with chronic disease, including cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiac problems, and neurological problems.”
This study focused on the pediatric population between the ages of 8 and 17. This study used standardized tests that measured many factors to determine the QoL for the pediatric population who were under chiropractic care. A standardized questionnaire known as PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System), was given to the participants or their parents to be filled out. Then this information was scored to see if there was an effect on QoL from chiropractic care.
The data was collected by 88 chiropractors from practices all over the U.S. In total, 881 children participated with 467 being females and 414 being males. The mean age for children in this study was 12.49 years. Approximately 49% of the children were brought to the chiropractor for purely wellness purposes, while 27% were brought for musculoskeletal conditions, and 23% for a variety of other health issues.
The study showed that 58% of the patients or their parents did not tell their medical doctor that they were receiving chiropractic care. Only 2% of the children were actually referred to the chiropractor by their medical doctor. Of the children in the study, 75% had not received medical care for the issue they sought chiropractor for, 15% had received prior medical care but were no longer under medical care for their issue, and 10% were receiving both medical and chiropractic.
The results showed that children were less likely to suffer from symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and pain interference after starting chiropractic care. According to the scores measured by the PROMIS survey, the children improved in all aspects of the QoL.
In their discussion, the authors noted that the study not only showed an improvement in the quality of life of children under chiropractic care, but it also gave some insight into why children are brought to the chiropractor. “In addition to determining the QoL of children under chiropractic care, this study also provided some interesting insights into the patterns and utilization of chiropractic services by this patient population.” They concluded, “The QoL of children improved with chiropractic care as measured by PROMIS.”
Reference: Now You Know