Sugar Effects

How Sugar Can Make You Ill

20 Negative Impact of Sugar

recent news reports say sugar poses so many health risks it should be made a controlled and taxable product just like alcohol and cigarettes to discourage overuse

Mary Poppins may think a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but if you have too much you might need a whole lot more medicine.

In a paper published in Nature on March 1, 2012, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) scientists blame the increase in sugar consumption for a range of chronic health conditions, like obesity and diabetes, which are reaching epidemic proportions worldwide. They believe it is as addictive as alcohol and tobacco and causes as many health problems, so that it too should be highly regulated and taxed to discourage over indulgence.

The food and beverage industries are up in arms about this and it is a highly controversial subject.

While regulation might not be the answer, it is important that education campaigns continue, perhaps starting with as young as nursery school age, to convince people to cut down and that parents and consumers are warned of the dangers of eating too much sugar.

Here are twenty plus reasons why this is necessary:-

  • Sugar effects can include suppression of the immune system and can compromise your ability to fight infections and provoke allergies such as eczema, asthma and food allergies and cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

  • Sugar can cause mineral deficiencies in the body, especially interfering with your body's ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, and can provoke chromium and copper.

  • Sugar effects the adrenaline in your body causing it to peak and provoking hyperactivity, and problems such as anxiety and panic attacks and difficulties with concentration.

  • It can raise overall cholesterol levels and in bad cholesterol and decrease the levels of good cholesterol.

  • It is believed to feed cancer cells and has been linked to cancer of the biliary tract, breast, gallbladder, lungs, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, rectum and stomach.

  • It can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia and decrease insulin sensitivity leading to abnormally high insulin levels and ultimately full blown diabetes.

  • It generally has a negative effect on bowel movements and can cause gastrointestinal tract problems including indigestion, impede the absorption in patients with functional bowel disease, and contribute to the development of Crohn's disease, and Ulcerative colitis.

  • It has been linked to weakening eyesight cause nearsightedness and cataracts.

  • It increase free radicals and oxidative stress thereby leading to premature aging and can make your skin age more rapidly by changing the structure of collagen and making it less elastic.

  • It causes dental decay and has been linked to gum and peridondal diseases.

  • It can cause and worsen chronic degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.

    much of the sugar consumed is through drinking too many soft drinks, like coca cola which contains a very high proportion of sugar and is very bad for the health

  • It creates the ideal environment for the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans or yeast infections.

  • It can cause high blood pressure in obese people and high systolic blood pressure in non obese patients and can lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

  • It can increase the size and structure of your liver and kidneys and damage your pancreas. It also has a negative effect on other bodily systems such as capillaries and tendons.

  • It can cause headaches, including migraines and alter brain and mind function and lead to emotional instability and depression and increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

  • Sugar is an addictive substance which can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol and ultimately lead to alcoholism.

  • It can compromise the metabolism in a normally healthy individual and lead to obesity as the body changes sugar into between two and five times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch. Its rapid absorption also promotes over-eating.

  • Sugar has been linked to varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

  • It has also been linked to gout.

  • Sugar effects many of the body's organs. It is known to be linked to the development of emphysema.

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