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  • Writer's pictureWilson Bunton

How Sugar Can Damage Your Body

One way you can drastically change your health, by improving your energy levels and beginning to heal your body, is by reducing the amount of sugar you consume. We know all too well that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, and when it comes to the amount of sugar in your diet, this is especially true. While we all love to enjoy a sweet treat from time to time, excessive sugar can have a detrimental and damaging effect on the body. Here’s how excess sugar in your diet can damage your body.

Too Much Sugar Can Cause Spikes and Dives of Blood Sugar

When you consume too much sugar, you can expect your blood glucose levels to rise drastically and then drop. These dramatic changes in your blood sugar are bad for your health, often causing mood swings, a loss of energy, and extreme cravings for more sugar.

Sugar Speeds Up Aging

When the sugar you eat makes it into your bloodstream, glycation occurs. Glycation is the process of sugar attaching to proteins in your bloodstream and causes decreased elasticity in body tissues, including your skin. This is often the cause behind one of the most visible signs of aging, sagging skin.

Sugar Adversely Affects Dental Health

There is no other food that causes tooth decay as quickly as sugar. In addition to decaying teeth, excessive sugar can cause gum disease and other periodontal problems that can negatively affect the health of the entire body.

Excessive Sugar Can Cause Liver Problems

Your liver serves the important job of processing fructose and transforming it into something useful for the body. However, if you consume sugar in excess on a regular basis, your liver can become overwhelmed. This can lead to the formation of fat globules on the livers, which is the first step towards the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Sugar Can Cause Weight Gain and May Lead to Diabetes

When you consume fructose, it causes deactivation of your body’s appetite control system. When this happens, insulin production is not properly stimulated and your body will continue to produce a hunger hormone, even after you are full. When this happens on a regular basis, you will overeat and can develop insulin resistance.

Sugar is Linked to Several Health Conditions

In addition to being hard on your body as a whole, excessive sugar consumption over a long period of time has been linked to a wide variety of health problems. These health conditions include obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and heart attacks.

In order to truly change your health for the better, you must commit to making healthy choices each and every day. If you are accustomed to eating sugar regularly, this may be a hard adjustment. To simplify the change, consider creating a meal plan each week, removing junk food from your home, and organizing your kitchen for easy food prep to eliminate any excuses.

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