When Sugar Isn’t Sweet: Dr. O’Rell Williams Says Too Much Can Kill

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    Dr. O’Rell Williams is board-certified in internal medicine and is a member of the Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph medical staff. A firefighter for 14 years, Williams decided he could impact public safety in a different way as a doctor. He got got his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  Williams has a special interest in African-American men’s health issues.

    Williams encourages his patients to limits sugar. He says that excess sugar leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even premature death.

    “Bottom line, we are eating way too much sugar,” he says. “It’s true for everybody but Blacks have to be especially careful given our predisposition to these chronic diseases. Here in Milwaukee, everyone’s eating cheese and brats, drinking beer and soda, eating cream puffs and packing on the pounds.”

    Many of these processed foods have hidden sugars:

    *       A tablespoon of ketchup has 1 teaspoon if sugar

    *       A can of soda may have up to 10 teaspoons of sugar

    The recommended sugar intake for adults is 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.

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