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114 year old Dr Denmark's no sugar diet. Anyone know more?

Commented on February 03, 2015
Created April 05, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Dr Leila Denmark has recently died at the age of 114. A remarkable woman she was still working as a pediatrician at the age of 103. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leila_Denmark Apparently she refused cake at her 110th birthday party claiming she hadn't eaten sugar for 70 years (so she was 40 when she gave it up - there is hope for us late starters!). Does anyone know any more about her diet? Seems as though whatever it was she was on the right lines.

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on February 03, 2015
at 05:16 PM

Just fyi- Dr.Denmark was our pediatrician. She didn't eat refined sugar b/c she believed it brought on arthritis. I believe she was about 40 when she made this assumption. She also said that GOD packaged fruit perfectly for a dessert but you didn't need it everyday but never promoted drinking juice.  (exceptions on daily fruit being active kiddos & athletes) She used to say that if you were blessed w/ common sense - use it! She ate real food including whole wheat bread and beans & rice. 

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Yeah this bothers me. She ate fruit, so to say that she ate a "no sugar diet" is simply not true. sugar is sugar. Saying she ate no refined white sugar could be accurate though.

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(1649)

on April 07, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Hm, interesting interpretation, but false. I just don't demonize sugar like many paleo fanboys. I think there are many things that are much worse. Also, I'm an althete so I can get away with a bit more sugar. I think the point of my post was that it is hard to say why she lived so long.. If you WANT the sugar avoidance to be the golden ticket, more power to you.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 06, 2012
at 08:33 AM

Max, it gets worse, the longer you go without sugar. I tasted an oaty biscuit that should have tasted of oats but all I could taste was sugar. Yuk!

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Max...im celebrating my 1 year sugar free anniv. soon! You mentioned Stevia...how often do you use this? I was thinking of trying to give it up, because i started to feel like it was a slippery slope..

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on April 05, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Sounds like you WANT sugar avoidance to be a minor contributor...

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:54 PM

i think a big aspect people often forget about when it comes to longevity is mental health and social health. diet obviously plays a role but its not the be all and end all in living for a long time.

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Here she is at around age 100. Awesome:

114-year-old-dr-denmark's-no-sugar-diet.--anyone-know-more?

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:47 PM

"she had not had any food with sugar in it (other than natural sugar like fruit)"

stating that she absolutely ate no sugar at all would be false. that's all I have to say.

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Refined sugar is indisputably damaging to the immune system. It is a depleter of nutrients. In its natural unstripped form it is loaded with minerals and vitamins. Refined it has nnne which means it has to rob from whatever stores of nutrients you have in order to have the necessary co factors for the chemical reactions to metabolise it. Undefined it is food. Refined it is no longer food but a toxin. Go study Weston Prices work. Everywhere he went, people who ate their traditional nutrient dense diets, devoid of nutritionally stripped refined carbohydrates and other refined foods of modern industrialized countries the people were robust and didn't have degenerati disease dental decay or crowded teeth. Un

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:25 PM

There are many studies demonstrating sugar is harmful. Avoid all sugars like the plague. Even honey ought to be consumed rarely and sparingly.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 05, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Just wanted to add. I've not eaten sugar in over a year, except minimal fruit a few times a week. The other night, I put a teaspoon of honey in my herbal tea because I was out of stevia...holy crap, it tasted like I put 10 spoons of sugar in there! It was so sweet I couldn't believe it. I remember back in my old SAD days I had to put 3-4 tsp of honey in my tea to taste it. Giving up sugar really changes your taste for sweet.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

(871)

on April 05, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Max...im celebrating my 1 year sugar free anniv. soon! You mentioned Stevia...how often do you use this? I was thinking of trying to give it up, because i started to feel like it was a slippery slope..

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 06, 2012
at 08:33 AM

Max, it gets worse, the longer you go without sugar. I tasted an oaty biscuit that should have tasted of oats but all I could taste was sugar. Yuk!

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06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

on April 05, 2012
at 03:02 PM

My guess would be that she has great genes. But outside of that I found this quote in the LA Times "As she approached her 110th birthday, Denmark credited her longevity to drinking only water, eating no refined sugars and including a protein and vegetable with every meal." I bet the latter half of that arrangement provided more health benefits than the former.

No refined sugars says to me she may not have been above honey and other sweet things. While I think the sugar avoidance possibly helped her to thrive, I think the connection is mostly anecdotal. Personally, I follow more of a PHD approach with a sprinkling of Peat, so I do eat some sugar. I would say I actually eat a fair amount of sugar in the form of ice cream, sugared coffee and gummy worms... however, I am the healthiest person I know (knock on wood). By healthy I mean, great blood markers, never sick, no chronic health conditions.. no allergies, etc. In the spirit of full disclosure I should mention I also include a protein and vegetable with every meal ;)

So... Who knows?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on April 05, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Sounds like you WANT sugar avoidance to be a minor contributor...

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on April 07, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Hm, interesting interpretation, but false. I just don't demonize sugar like many paleo fanboys. I think there are many things that are much worse. Also, I'm an althete so I can get away with a bit more sugar. I think the point of my post was that it is hard to say why she lived so long.. If you WANT the sugar avoidance to be the golden ticket, more power to you.

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