How Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

Contributed by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.,
Author of the book "Lick The Sugar Habit"

In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

1.    Sugar suppresses the immune system
2.    Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body
3.    Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
4.    Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides
5.    Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
6.    Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose
7.    Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins (good HDL cholesterol,)
8.    Sugar leads to chromium deficiency
9.    Sugar feeds cancer, especially promoting cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostrate, pancreas and rectum
10.    Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose
11.    Sugar causes copper deficiency
12.    Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
13.    Sugar can weaken eyesight
14.    Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine
15.    Sugar can cause hypoglycemia
16.    Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract
17.    Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children
18.    Sugar mal-absorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease
19.    Sugar can cause premature aging
20.    Sugar can cause tooth decay
21.    Sugar contributes to obesity
22.    High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis
23.    Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers
24.    Sugar can cause and aggravate arthritis
25.    Sugar can cause asthma
26.    26.Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
27.    27.Sugar can cause gallstones
28.    Sugar can cause arterial plague (increase LDL cholesterol), increasing the risk to develop heart disease
29.    Sugar can cause appendicitis
30.    Sugar contributes to saliva acidity
31.    Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity, damaging the pancreas, thus leading to diabetes
32.    Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis
33.    Sugar can promote hemorrhoids and varicose veins
34.    Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users
35.    Sugar can lead to periodontal disease
36.    Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood
37.    Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
38.    Sugar can decrease growth hormone leading to premature aging
39.    Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen
40.    Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body
41.    Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure
42.    Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
43.    High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs) (Sugar bound non- enzymatically to protein)
44.    Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein
45.    Sugar increases food allergies
46.    Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy
47.    Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
48.    Sugar can impair the structure of DNA, causing cancer
49.    Sugar can cause cataracts
50.    Sugar can cause emphysema
51.    High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body
52.    Sugar uses up vital digestive enzymes which are crucial to give our bodies the ability to function properly
53.    Sugar intake can contribute to Parkinson’s disease
54.    Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide
55.    Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat
56.    Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney
57.    Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention
58.    Sugar can cause constipation
59.    Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness)
60.    Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries
61.    Sugar can make the tendons more brittle
62.    Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine
63.    Sugar can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders
64.    High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity
65.    Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves
66.    Sugar can cause depression
67.    Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer
68.    Sugar can cause dyspepsia (indigestion)
69.    Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout
70.    Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol
71.    Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease
72.    Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness, thus promoting strokes and heart attacks
73.    Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become under-active and others become overactive
74.    Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones
75.    Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli, which impacts your immunity
76.    Sugar can lead to dizziness
77.    Diets high in sugar cause free radicals and oxidative stress
78.    High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant
79.    High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents
80.    Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon
81.    Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men, promoting prostate cancer
82.    Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult
83.    Sugar is an addictive substance. It differs only in 1 molecule compared to heroin
84.    Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol
85.    Sugar can exacerbate PMS
86.    Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce
87.    Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability
88.    The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch
89.    The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects
90.    Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
91.    Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition
92.    Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function, promoting fatigue
93.    Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases
94.    I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain
95.    High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung and tongue cancer
96.    Sugar increases the risk of polio
97.    High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures
98.    Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people
99.    In Intensive Care Units: Limiting sugar saves lives
100.    Sugar may induce cell death
101.    Sugar may impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in living organisms
102.    In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior
103.    Sugar contributes to dehydration
104.    Sugar can cause gum disease

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