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What Sugar Really Does To Your Body: Part 2

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on Mar 13, 2019 7:33:00 AM

In food, energy

 

In a previous post, we shared some of the downsides of sugar and we have a few more reasons why it’s in your best interest to steer clear of this very sweet yet dangerous product.

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Cancer. Several studies have linked a relationship between high sugar diets and an increased risk of cancer in the esophagus, the pleural cavity, and the small intestine. Diets that are high in sugar can lead to inflammation in the body and insulin resistance, both which are known to increase the risk of cancer.  In one study, females who consumed cookies on more than three occasions per week, were 1.42 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer, as opposed to women who ate these sweets half as many times per week. The link between sugar and cancer is one that is ongoing and at the forefront of research. 

Zaps energy. If you’ve ever seen a young child get a burst of energy immediately following the consumption of a candy bar, then you’ve also likely seen that same child crash just moments later. While sugar may give us a quick energy rush, there is always a downside at the end of that rush, resulting in a major dip in blood sugar levels that contribute to moodiness and fatigue. When you put sugar in your body periodically throughout the day, your energy levels are directly affected and will go up and down, in response to your blood sugar levels. Your best bet is to opt for foods that keep you steady throughout the day, such as those that are rich in fiber and low in added sugar. 

Dental health. Rotting teeth is typically the first threat that we associate too much sugar with, and it serves as a very good way to manipulate children into saying no to candy. The effects of sugar on your dental health go beyond childhood and can leave you with a mouth full of cavities at any age. When we eat a plethora of sugar, the bacteria in our mouth feeds on that sugar and in doing so, it releases byproducts which cause the teeth to demineralize, leaving you in the dental chair much long than you like. 

Dementia. Sugar even wreaks havoc on our minds. Research has linked high sugar diets with cognitive decline leading to an increased risk of dementia. 

Kidney disease. When our blood sugar levels are constantly high, our blood vessels take the brunt and damage placed on these delicate vessels can lead to an increase risk of kidney disease.

 

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