You always hear to take it easy on sugar because it can cause weight gain, but after I heard not too long ago that cancer cells feed on sugar, it got me wondering how bad is sugar for you?
1. It Causes Diabetes:
A large amount of added sugar can cause your liver to become insulin resistant, which means it won’t be able to control your blood sugar levels which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes(5).
2. It Causes Pain:
Eating lots of sweets has been shown to worsen joint pain because of the inflammation they cause in the body. Plus, studies show that sugar consumption can increase your risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis(1).
3. Ages you!
Sugar attaches to proteins in your Bloodstream and creates harmful molecules called “AGE’s” or Advanced Glycation End products, which age your skin. It has been shown to damage collagen and Elastin in your skin, which leads to wrinkles and saggy skin! (4).
4. It causes heart disease:
When you eat an abundance of sugar the extra insulin in your bloodstream can affect your arteries. It causes the Artery walls to grow faster than normal and get tense, which adds stress to your heart and damages it over time. People who eat a lot of added sugar are twice as likely to die of Heart disease as those whose diet includes less than 10% of total calories from added sugar(2).
5. It can cause depression:
Studies conducted have shown eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks and troughs in the amount of glucose in your blood, causing anxiety, fatigue, depression and more. It also causes inflammation in the brain which increasing evidence suggests that inflammation may drive depressive symptoms such as low mood, loss of appetite and insomnia(3).
So in all cutting back on sugar can greatly improve your health!
1.Brady, Susan. Virginia Therapy and Fitness Center. “This Just In: Over Consumption Of Sugar Contributes To Muscle & Joint Pain!” 2015. http://www.spinemd.com/vtfc/news/this-just-in-over-consumption-of-sugar-contributes-to-muscle-joint-pain
2. Harvard Health Publishing. ” The Sweet Danger Of Sugar”. 2019. http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar
3. Knüppel, Anika et al. “Sugar intake from sweet food and beverages, common mental disorder and depression: prospective findings from the Whitehall II study.” Scientific reports vol. 7,1 6287. 27 Jul. 2017, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05649-7
4. Live Well. ” Why Your Sweet Tooth Makes You Look Older” 2019. http://www.unitypoint.org/livewell/article.aspx?id=6ee15a58-5dc8-4615-bbc9-94c0c34ecf0d
5.Villines, Zawn. Medical News Today. ” Can You Get Diabetes from eating too much sugar?” 2019. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317246.php