Sugar does more than just wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system if you have sugar intolerance. It is also dangerous for other systems in the body. Sugar can cause weight gain, diseases and organ damage, as well as other health issues.
The Risks of Sugar
- It is bad for your teeth and the rest of your body. Sugar rots your teeth because it provides fuel for the bad bacteria that lives in your mouth. Added sugar is known as empty calories because it provides no nutritional value.
- Like alcohol, when your body has too much sugar or fructose, the only organ that can deal with it is the liver. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to liver damage if it is under too great a strain processing all that sweet stuff.
- Have you ever noticed that the more sugar you eat, the more you want to eat? This is because fructose tricks your body into thinking that you are still hungry. Sugar does not stimulate insulin production, which means that ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” remains turned on so leptin, “the satiety hormone,” is never triggered. Eventually, you can develop insulin resistance.
- You are at greater risk for metabolic syndrome, which includes being pre-diabetic and suffering from weight gain, abdominal obesity, lower HDL cholesterol and raised LDL cholesterol levels, higher blood sugar, raised triglycerides and high blood pressure.
- You could develop liver disease, similar to that experienced by alcoholics.
- You could develop a dependency for sugar.
- Even your mind may be affected by consuming an overload of sugar as some of the symptoms for metabolic syndrome have been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s.