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10 Ways Sugar Affects Your Body That are Not So Sweet and how Red Light Therapy can counteract it!

The Sweet Temptation and Hidden Dangers of Sugar:

Sugar is a sweet, tempting staple that has become a part of today's modern diet. Whether it’s a dessert or beverages, the hidden risks go far beyond the visible effects sugar has on our bodies. The dangers of consuming too much sugar should not be ignored, so it’s important to be aware of the hidden risks associated with sugar consumption.

Let’s explore the effects sugar has on our bodies and why it’s so important to reduce our sugar intake:

1. Weight Gain and Obesity:

Excess sugar consumption can have a significant impact on weight gain and obesity. When we consume high amounts of sugar, our bodies convert it into glucose, which is then used for energy. However, when we consume more sugar than our bodies need for an energy boost, the excess glucose is converted into glycogen and stored in the liver and muscles. Once these storage sites are full, any remaining glucose is converted into fat and stored in adipose tissue throughout the body. This process leads to an increase in body weight over time.

2. Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:

Type II Diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle, and over time, consistently high sugar intake can lead to insulin resistance, and the body becomes less responsive to insulin's effects. This can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle by limiting our intake of sugary foods and beverages and opting for healthier alternatives can help reduce the risk of diabetes.

3. Cavities and Tooth Decay:

Consuming excessive sugar can contribute to significant dental problems. Sugar is converted into acid by bacteria in the mouth, which then attacks the enamel of the teeth, causing decay and cavities. Sugar consumption can also lead to the formation of plaque, which can also contribute to tooth decay.

4. Energy Crashes and Fatigue:

Sometimes you eat excessive amounts of sugar, then feel like you want to take a nap, but that is because sugar can cause energy crashes and make you feel tired. When you eat too much sugar, your body releases a more of insulin to help process it. But then your blood sugar levels drop, which can leave you feeling drained and exhausted.

5. Increased Risk of Heart Disease:

When too much sugar leads to weight gain, high blood pressure, and elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood - this increases the risk factors for heart disease. A diet high in sugar can also contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, further increasing the likelihood of developing cardiovascular problems. The Sugar Association reports that when sugars increase calories, this can lead to weight gain and increases in cardiometabolic risk factors.”

6. Premature Aging of the Skin:

Excessive sugar intake has been linked to the acceleration of premature aging of the skin. Consuming high amounts of sugar can trigger a process called glycation, where sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins in our body. This leads to the formation of Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs), which can be damaging to collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin becomes less elastic and more prone to wrinkles and sagging. Andrew Nish, MD, of Unity Point Health reveals in an article on The Link Between Sugar and Aging “The more sugar we have, the more our skin starts to suffer” with the appearance of sagging, wrinkles, and skin that is slower to heal.

7. Depression:

The impact of sugar on mood disorders is a topic of growing interest in the field of mental health. Research conducted by Frontiers In Public Health in January 2023 suggests that excessive consumption of sugar can have a negative impact on depression in patients who also suffer from obesity. It's important to note that while sugar may have an impact on mood disorders, it's not the sole cause or solution for these conditions, but reducing our intake of sugary foods and opting for healthier alternatives can be a beneficial step towards supporting our mental well-being.

8. Increased Risk of Cancer:

Some evidence suggests a link between sugar consumption and the development of cancer. Sugar does give fuel to all cells, including cancer cells, but excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity and insulin resistance, which are risk factors for certain types of cancer. While more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between sugar and cancer. Learn more about managing your sugars from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute here.

9. Weakened Immune System:

Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can have a negative impact on your immune system. Consuming high levels of sugar can cause chronic inflammation, which can weaken your immunity. When this happens, you can become more susceptible to infection and illness.

10. Cravings, Addiction, Sugar Dependency:

A craving is a strong desire and a sign of a potential addiction, while an addiction itself is continued use even though you know it is having a negative impact in your life. A dependency on sugar will reveal itself when you become sick when you do not have it. We can become addicted to sugar by using it as a form of comfort when stressed. It's important to find a healthier way to reduce stress.

Sugar is enjoyable and can often be a means of comfort in stressful times, but reducing or eliminating it can help reduce the risk factors for associated diseases. It is important to be mindful of your sugar intake to support a strong, healthy immune system. Red Light Therapy can be a complementary or alternative choice to reduce the inflammation sugar can cause, as well a help reduce the risk of other disease. Take Control of Your Sugar Intake for a Healthier Future!

A.J. Harewood

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The information contained in this article, and information curated from third-party links are for informational purposes only and should not be used or interpreted as diagnosis or medial advice. It is your sole responsibility to consult with your medical doctor regarding any therapy plans or complementary care you might be considering for your personal medical.



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