Death by sugar: The impact of sugar on acutely ill patients

Benjamin S. Schultze, Sheila H. Ridner

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In 2012, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 78 million Americans were considered obese, with a body mass index > 30. Americans, on average, consume 80 pounds of sugar annually. Sugar is converted through metabolism into advanced glycation end-products, which are linked to worse health outcomes in hospitalized patients. In this article we review the different types of sugar typically consumed by Americans and its deleterious effects on human health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-461
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Advanced glycation end products
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Obesity
  • Sucrose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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