Dr. Lustig: Type 2 Diabetes Is "Processed Food Disease"

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ByCrossFit May 7, 2022
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Dr. Robert Lustig is an endocrinologist and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California-San Francisco. In this video, he sits down with CrossFit’s Rory McKernan to explain sugar’s toxicity, outline the stakes of sugar consumption and offer suggestions for addressing the ongoing sugar crisis.

“Sugar is toxic,” Lustig explains. “It proffers a set of biochemical alterations that are detrimental to human health—unrelated to its calories.”

In this way, Lustig says, sugar “is very much like alcohol,” and chronic metabolic diseases associated with alcohol are becoming prevalent in children with high-sugar diets.

When asked about the state of pediatric medicine in the United States, Lustig says, “We have a problem.”

Because the food industry has negatively influenced nutrition science for the last 45 years, many people still abide by the mistaken belief that a healthy diet is attained by regulating calories and saturated fat. This misconception has led to a rise in chronic metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes in adult and youth populations.

People who believe they are making healthy choices and avoiding sugar are nevertheless affected by the crisis.

“Even though you might not be sick,” Lustig says, “society is.”

In the final third of the video, Lustig outlines the necessary steps for enacting a societal intervention. These steps include educating the public, approaching sugar as an addictive substance and calling Type 2 diabetes what it is: “processed food disease.”

Additional reading: “Devil in the Diet”


Originally published – March 2017.

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May 15th, 2022 at 10:32 am
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Rodrigo Jasbick
May 8th, 2022 at 10:53 am
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True. Just the True.

Congratulation Dr. Lustig!

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John Leishman
May 8th, 2022 at 6:22 am
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Very informative. Needs to be acted on by our politicians.

Thank you.

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Matej Fartelj
May 8th, 2022 at 3:47 am
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I just wish these experts would stop using sugar as the word for these processed chemicals.

Public then believes fruit and vegetables are harming them and all sugars are bad.

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