Is there a ‘good’ type of sugar?

Dr. Jen Ashton answers viewers’ questions about health and the COVID-19 vaccine.
2:55 | 01/22/21

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We will turn now to Dr. Jen Ashton, and her answers to your coronavirus questions, first question, Dr. Jen, can I get another vaccine, such as the influenza or shingles vaccine, with the covid vaccine? So, if you look at the fda guidelines for health care professionals, which is really what, when we get into the weeds of the indications, contra-indications, pros and cons and the nuts and bolts of how you give this vaccine, it clearly says there is no existing clinical data with respect to co-administration of other vaccines. So very practical medical advice here. Prioritize. What is the greatest risk to you right now? I think for all Americans, the greatest risk is covid. The shingles vaccine, very important for people 50 and over. That's a two-dose regimen. People can get some symptoms after that, as well. Right now, you know, that's not an emergency. The influenza vaccine, always recommended. Always available. Right now, that's not an emergency. The covid vaccine is. So most people would say get what you can get. If you can get the covid vaccine now, give it maybe two weeks and then try to get any of the other ones. For children, big push not to delay regularly-scheduled immunizations in the setting of this pandemic. Question number two, doc. Did you have any side effects after the second dose of the vaccine? And has it changed what you're doing? I did have side effects, which were expected. Again, by the clinical trial data, I had an incredibly sore arm for about 24 hours. I had some chills, some minor body aches, some headaches, nothing that prevented me from coming to work. I took two tylenol and later in the day took two advil. But you have to expect that. That is your immune system responding to the vaccine. If you ask my kids they'll say I'm just as weird as I've always been. No long-term effects. That's right. All right, love this next question. Can you settle this debate I have with my husband. He says sugar is better than sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. Is there a good type of sugar? I love this question, too. And when I was getting my degree in nutrition, we did a lot of deep dive on sugar. Here's -- you want the good news or the bad news first? I don't know. I want the bad. Give me the bad news first. The bad news is that in our brain, in our reward center, anything sweet works the same way. It triggers that dopamine surge. It makes us want more of it. The good news is, is that there are a variety of different profiles for different sweeteners, or sugar substitutes, some are better for dental health, some are better for glycemic control or blood sugar levels but at the end of the day, it's calories, it's the profile and it's what it does in your brain. All right. You know this well. Yes, I do. All right, you can submit your questions to Dr. Jen, on her Instagram at @drjashton. Let's turn now to our

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