Is sugar really all that bad for you? Talk to any nutritionist, and they’ll remind you of the links to weight gain and tooth decay. Plus, sugars like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup in food and beverages contain a lot of “empty calories,” or calories with NO essential nutrients.
From fatigue and headaches, to mood swings and sugar addiction, even serious diseases — refined sugar can wreak havoc on your health.
Diseases caused by sugar and sugar side effects
The proof is undeniable. Studies show that the more high-glycemic foods (those that quickly impact blood sugar) one consumes, the higher your risk becomes of developing certain diseases, such as:
- Obesity – Eating excessive amounts of sugar (specifically fructose), spikes insulin levels. And no matter how much you exercise, when insulin is chronically elevated, most of that energy gets deposited and stored in the fat cells.
- Diabetes – Although eating sugar doesn’t cause diabetes, it can accelerate complications and progress the disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and blindness. Diabetes has also been shown to greatly increase the risk of colon and pancreatic cancers.
- Gum disease – Left untreated, gum disease can lead to heart disease.
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) – When too much sugar is consumed day after day, it gets stored as fat in the liver, causing NAFLD. This can lead to serious problems like liver inflammation, which may progress to scarring and irreversible damage.
- Heart Disease – Research has shown that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can raise blood pressure. Also, a high-sugar diet may stimulate the liver to release more “toxic” fats into the bloodstream. Both factors are known to boost heart disease risk.
Other dangerous “side effects” of sugar
Scientists are discovering connections between the overconsumption of added sugars and the following:
- Cancer – High intakes of sugars and refined carbohydrates have been linked to increased risk of some cancers, as well as to higher incidences of recurring cancer and lower rates of survival after cancer treatment.
- Alzheimer’s disease– Excess sugar consumption has been linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health.
- Aging – Scientists have noted connections between sugar consumption and cell aging, along with skin wrinkling.
Let us help you minimize sugar to optimize your nutrition and wellness
At The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss, we’ve changed the lives of thousands of people by teaching them how to eat right and exercise … for life.
If you’re looking for a medically guided, proven exercise program in Northern California, visit us in Sacramento. Our personalized, gradual approach is built around your weight goals, with careful planning to accommodate your lifestyle and improve your health. Our registered dieticians will analyze your nutrition and help you make the appropriate changes to support your newly active routine. It’s all about a complete, healthy you!
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