[CAPE COD, M.A., June 16, 2021] It is quite obvious most people have a strong love for sugar. Ages ranging as low as children all the way to adults and elders. Who doesn’t love a delicious chocolate chip cookie, a peanut butter pie, or a mouthwatering cheesecake? You’d be crazy to say you don’t. Unfortunately, people miss the fact that sugar has numerous effects on the body and one’s health that is not necessarily good. Added sugar intake can lead to problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, and the list goes on. Today we will be talking about two problematic risks of high sugar intake, diabetes, and heart problems. 

Diabetes

Just to be clear, sugar intake is not the key reason for a diabetes diagnosis, there are many other factors that go into it. Nevertheless, sugar is an ingredient that contributes to the issue. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune sickness that creates an individuals’ immune system to harm the working cells that generate insulin. Once there has been destruction done to these cells, the body’s capability to control blood glucose decreases. Once an individual has diabetes, sugar intake can make symptoms worse or can lead to type 2 diabetes. 

It has been found that individuals who routinely drink sugar-improved refreshments have a generally 25% more serious danger of type 2 diabetes. Researchers have also discovered that sugar heightens the risk of diabetes both directly and indirectly. The impact of fructose can directly increase the risk of diabetes due to problems with the liver and the elevation of fatty liver, confined insulin opposition, and inflammation. Since fructose can be changed over to fat, high consumption will in general expand fatty oil levels, which may build your danger of coronary illness and fatty liver. Therefore, it is crucial to have a solid diet with minimal sugar intake especially if you have diabetes or at risk for diabetes. 

Heart Problems

There was a 2014 study that presented a diet immense in sugar puts you at a more serious danger of a heart illness death, regardless of whether you’re not overweight. How can sugar affect the heart you may ask? 

  • Increases blood pressure through rapid sodium consumption within the body
  • Amplifies the probability of obtaining type 2 diabetes, which can lead to a stroke or heart disease
  • Escalates blood sugar levels, which enhances the risk for weight gain and heart disease
  • Causes problems with the good cholesterol leading to a higher bad cholesterol 

Limiting sugar in your diet will help you lead a happy and healthy life. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages individuals to make sure sugar is not taking up more than 10% of their daily calories. This is easy to do as long as you are reading all food labels, limiting processed food intake, and steering clear of sugary beverages. You are able to change your life now, you just have to put your mind to it.