Why Sugar Isn't Ideal

Sent by JUDY CHO | September 4, 2021

This week I shared about the losing fight with diabetes, especially with children.

This topic really hits home for me as weekly, our two young boys get exposed to an excess of processed sugary foods at kid activities. We smartly partake and find the balance that works forΒ us.

This is why I’m excited about the 7th Annual Quit Sugar Summit. The summit gives you access to over 60 talks that discuss how dietary changes can give you better health.

Make sure to sign up for the free Quit Sugar Summit that starts Monday.

The summit is virtual and free.

I hope you enjoy it! I am scheduled to speak on Monday!

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🚨The youngest child diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is a 3-year-old who weighs 77 pounds and followed a nutrient-poor diet.

❓Do you know what happened with the child?

πŸ’‰She was given toddler liquid metformin.

Yes, there is toddler metformin.

🍭So many people are cavalier about giving children sugar because they are young and healthyβ€Šβ€”β€Šc’mon Judy, let them live a little.

πŸ₯€Sorry, but there are many studies that show the decline of health, especially if the mother had diabetes and if diabetes is prevalent in the family history.

🧠Studies show mothers with gestational diabetes can risk baby’s brain development, cause increased risks of ADHD, and eye health outcomes.

‼️So no, giving sugar to children is nothing to be cavalier about.

πŸ“–In the TODAY2 study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, they tracked kids with Type II diabetes for 15 years.

πŸ₯©Remember, Type II is 100% reversible with diet.

The researchers found that over time:
⚠️67% developed high blood pressure
⚠️52% had seriously elevated triglycerides and high LDL cholesterol levels
⚠️55% had diabetes-related kidney disease
⚠️51% had eye disease
⚠️32% had nerve disease

πŸ₯©Remember, Type II is 100% reversible with diet.

After 10–12 years of the diabetes diagnosis, young adults (in their 20s) were suffering from:
⚠️kidney failure
⚠️heart attacks

πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€βš•οΈOne recommendation said: β€œThe next step is to put together a new cohort of younger children to understand who gets type 2 diabetes to develop targeted interventions. If we want to do any kind of prevention, we need to have a better idea of who is at risk.”


πŸ’‘STOP feeding sugar, processed foods, and seed/vegetable oils. (or as much as possible)

πŸ₯€Otherwise, welcome to the era of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds and metabolic disease.

β›‘No, I will never be cavalier about daily doses of sugar (and processed junk) to kids (or adults).

The diabetic study: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2100165

NUTRIENT-DENSE LUNCH IDEAS: https://nutritionwithjudy.com/what-to-pack-your-child-for-lunch-nutrient-dense-school-lunchbox-ideas/

CATG PODCAST: Insulin Resistance, PUFAs, & Diabetes

In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain podcast, Laura and Judy talk about insulin resistance and blood sugar imbalances.

  • Insulin Resistance
  • Cause of Insulin Resistance (PUFAs vs. Sugars)
  • Feeding Children
  • Why Seed Oils (Vegetable Oils) are Toxic
  • Type II Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Insulin Resistance and the Need for Digestive Enzymes
  • How to Check Blood Sugar
  • How Food Affects Blood Sugars
  • Bioindividuality Matters
  • Blood Sugars in a Healthy Person vs. a Diabetic
  • Nutrients Depleted with Higher Sugar
  • Sugar and Gut Health
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Different Forms of Stored Energy
  • The Endocrine System and High Blood Sugar
  • Chromium, Vitamin C, and Supplements
  • Iodine and Sole Water
  • Insulin Resistance and Blood Sugar Dysregulation Signs
  • Markers for Insulin Resistance
  • Insulin Resistance vs. Insulin Sensitivity
  • Stress, Cortisol and Systemic Inflammation

(excerpt from another social media post, I can’t help myself)
Why do we only talk gluconeogenesis?

πŸŽ™In this week’s CATG podcast, I talk about different forms of stored and broken-down forms of energy within the body. For example, EVEN IF we are sugar burners, the brain still uses fatty acids EVEN IF you don’t produce ketones.

❗️There are other fatty acids than ketones.

❓Do we need glucose in the body?


❓Does it need to come from food?


🍬Here are some ways our body mechanistically uses, stores, and breaks down energy in the body for glucose (had to dig back from my board exam):

πŸ”…GLYCOGENESIS: liver converts glucose to glycogen and stores it for future use.

πŸ’‘The average adult can store about 100 gr of glycogen in the liver, about 10% of the organ’s weight. Skeletal muscle cells also convert blood glucose to glycogen (via glycogenesis), and store it locally.

πŸ’‘The average adult can store about 400 gr of glycogen in the muscles, accounting for 1 to 2% of muscle mass. (glycogen stores in the muscles can only be used locally, liver glycogen can be used anywhere)

πŸ”…LIPOGENESIS: When the liver and muscle glycogen stores are full, the liver then converts any remaining glucose to TRIGLYCERIDES, which are then stored in fat cells. (why trigs are low on a keto diet)

πŸ”…LIPOLYSIS: The breakdown of triglycerides (stored in body fat) into GLYCEROL and free fatty acids. (When blood sugar is low, fat cells release free fatty acids into the blood)

πŸ”…GLYCOGENOLYSIS: Converting glycogen back to glucose for energy

πŸ”…GLUCONEOGENESIS: Protein converted to glucose within the liver (lactate, GLYCEROL, and amino acids to glucose)

πŸ”…GLYCOLYSIS: The metabolic pathway that converts glucose into pyruvate, which can then enter the Citric Acid Cycle. (Krebs)

πŸ”…KETOGENESIS: Converting fatty acids into ketones in the liver

β›‘Don’t worry about all the terms but know that there are MANY mechanisms for the body to produce glucose within the body.

🧬The body leverages insulin and glucagon hormones to pull all these energy levers (pancreasβ€Šβ€”β€Šwhere digestive enzymes are made).

⁉️Do you see how fat via LIPOLYSIS > GLYCEROL can ALSO be converted to glucose for energy?

πŸ’‘Our body does not require an external glucose source for glucose.

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NwJ PODCAST: Is Carnivore Bad? Optimizing Our Diet for Optimal Health

This is part 2 of the interview with Dom D’Agostino. In part two of this two-part interview, we talk about:

  1. Dom’s thoughts on the carnivore diet.
  2. Thoughts on using a CGM and higher fat causing insulinogenic effects.
  3. Can we drive insulin too low? Should we be eating at least some carbs?
  4. Thoughts on women fasting.
  5. Sleep and ketosis.
  6. Thoughts on supplementing exogenous ketones.
  7. How quickly does autophagy take place on a keto diet?
  8. Thoughts on a high-fat meat-based diet with lots of fruit.
  9. What Dom has observed reviewing the bloodwork of some carnivores.
  10. If a close loved one was diagnosed with cancer, what protocol would Dom recommend?

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If you’re worried about consuming (or not consuming) fish, don’t miss the NwJ episode coming out Monday. I share bloodwork options for testing omega 3 and omega 6 levels in our cells.

Let me also know if you check out my talk at the 7th Annual Quit Sugar Summit. Our family has changed our lives around by reducing nearly all sugar from our lives. My father, mother, husband, and I have changed the trajectory of our lives with meat. We’ve healed physical and mental ailments by reducing processed junk and added sugars.

I will always advocate for better health by changing the foods that go into our bodies. Not everyone may need to remove every single plant-based food but everyone will do better by eating a whole foods, meat-based diet.

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This is the last weekend before our kids start classes a few days a week. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, make sure to check out my stories for sample lunchbox shares.

Enjoy the nice, long weekend. Be safe.

with β™₯️ and hope for healing,

While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.

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