Breakthrough Discovery: Mitochondria Are Damaged By Sugar Rush, Increases Diabetes

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Written by: Justin Cowart

For a long time we thought that type 2 diabetes was primarily linked with insulin and the insulin production of the pancreas. However, a new study has shown us that there is another strong link between sugar rushes, damage in our cell’s mitochondria and developing diabetes.

What Are Mitochondria And What Do They Do?

Mitochondria are often referred to as the power generators of your cells. They work hard with helping to generate the required energy that your cells so desperately need to complete their jobs.

One example of this is how the brain’s cells require a large amount of energy to be able to talk with other parts of the body that are further away. To do this, the cells require plenty of energy. Less energy means that the cells aren’t able to get to other parts of your body in a timely manner, if at all.

Basically, mitochondria generate a type of chemical energy needed to charge your body, similar to how a battery powers a car or your favorite electronic device.

Mitochondria are very important for your ability to do pretty much everything. All of your body’s main processes take energy and without a proper energy source, you end up drowsy and more likely to become ill.

Sugar Rushes Shrink Your Mitochondria!

In this new breakthrough discovery from researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, they were able to find out through their data that the spike in blood sugar levels after you consume a meal or even a treat is all controlled by your brain’s neuronal mitochondria.

Previously the blood glucose levels were thought to be primarily controlled by the pancreatic hormone called insulin, the muscles and the liver. In this brand new study, however, they were able to highlight a crucial role for the mitochondria in a small subset of neurons of the brain in systemic glucose control.

Senior author of this study, Sabrina Diano, says that,

“We found that when sugar increases in the body, mitochondria in subsets of brain neurons rapidly change their shape and their function is altered.”

The original design of this particular study was set up to explore just how neurons in the brain were able to adapt to the glucose “rush.” After the first results started coming in, the researchers were taken completely by surprise after finding out that not only do the mitochondria of neurons actually “feel” the change in circulating glucose levels, but also adaptively change and are at the real core of your body’s ability to handle sugar in the blood.

Sabrina followed up by saying that,

“The findings imply that alterations in this mechanism may be crucial for the development of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, in which the body is not able to clear the blood from high levels of sugar that occur after meals.”

In other words, that sometimes wonderful “sugar rush” is actually causing great harm to your brain. The data the researchers came up with really blew their minds about what really controls your body’s reactions to sugar. This may very well be the largest positive breakthrough in diabetes research in a long time.

How Can I Protect Myself And My Family?

With this new knowledge it is even more crucial that you get your sugar consumption under control. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances that you consume regularly and yet it is not your friend. If you have sweet natural sugars such as those in fruit and grains, it should be at a level that is safe and won’t send your cells into the harmful “sugar rush.”

To help give you an extra boost in overcoming your sugar cravings, we have compiled some of the best tips and tricks out there. Check that out here! In the meantime, SHARE this article with your friends and family so that the word about just how harmful sugar is continues to flow!

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Justin Cowart

Justin Cowart

Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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