We have covered how sugar is bad for the skin – directly in the damage it can do to skin cells and indirectly as a knock on affect when other parts of the body are compromised by too much sugar in the diet.
With this in mind, here are 5 damaging effects of sugar addiction on other parts of the body rather than just the skin.
• Sugar interferes with magnesium and calcium absorption.
Your body needs essential minerals like magnesium and calcium. Bone health is particularly at risk as we age if we don’t get enough calcium. By eating excess amounts of sugar, it can cause copper deficiency. Copper deficiency is believed to interfere with the absorption of magnesium and calcium.
And this imbalance may lead to hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties.
• Sugar can increase your bad cholesterol and lower down your good cholesterol.
As you get older, health providers usually advise that you get your cholesterol checked.
The results will give you your levels of LDL (or low density lipoprotein), HDL (or high density lipoprotein) and the amount of triglycerides (a type of fat) in the blood stream.
LDL is the bad cholesterol. It leads to artery clogging, atherosclerosis and heart disease. The same goes for triglycerides. HDL is termed the good cholesterol as it reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol.
High levels of sugar intake cause your LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels to increase which can increase the risk of the aforementioned problems and also weight gain.
• Sugar may cause reactive hypoglycemia.
Some people experience hypoglycemia or low blood sugar after eating.
Reactive hypoglycemia on the other hand occurs an hour or two after eating foods high in sugar or those having high glycemic index.
Your blood sugar levels are now in danger of fluctuating too high or too low, which is one of the most common reasons why non-diabetics suffer from hypoglycemia.
• Sugar can lead to gastrointestinal tract problems.
Lactose, galactose, fructose, and sucrose are some of the different types of sugars consumed.
Your body needs specialized enzymes in order to metabolize these products for you to have energy. Some people are born without these enzymes required such that they become intolerant to products that contain one of these types of sugar. For example, most people have heard of lactose intolerance where people can’t drink milk.
It is caused by lactase deficiency, an enzyme needed in order to break it down to galactose and glucose.
This usually occurs after two years of age when the body lessens lactase production. Lactose intolerance can occur as early as thirty minutes after intake. Symptoms may include flatulence, bloating, stomach pains, diarrhea and nausea.
• Sugar may cause obesity.
This is not a big surprise to most people. Too much sugar in your diet leads to weight gain. Addiction to sugar or eating sugary or high carbohydrate foods at the expense of protein and good fats for a long period of time can tip you over the scales and into the obese classification.
Obesity is defined as the ratio between your weight and height or body mass index (BMI). The BMI is obtained by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. Anyone with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 and above is considered obese.
Obesity can trigger all sorts of health problems and also impacts on quality of life which can lead to mental depression and stress.
If you feel that you eat too much sugar or have a high sugar diet, then you should consider cutting down or detoxing. This is a good guide on how to get sugar out of your life and adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle