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 the metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.
Can suppress the immune system.
Upset the mineral relationships in the body.
Cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
It can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
It causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
It reduces high-density lipoproteins.
Leads to chromium deficiency.
Leads to cancer of the ovaries.
Can increase fasting levels of glucose.
It causes copper deficiency.
Interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
May make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.
Raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Can cause hypoglycemia.
Can produce an acidic digestive tract.
Can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
Can cause premature aging.
Can lead to alcoholism.
Can cause tooth decay.
It contributes to obesity.
High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.
It can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
Can cause arthritis.
Can cause asthma.
It greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
Can cause gallstones.
Can cause heart disease.
Can cause appendicitis.
Can cause hemorrhoids.
Can cause varicose veins.
Can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
Can lead to periodontal disease.
Can contribute to osteoporosis.
It contributes to saliva acidity.
Can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
Can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) in the blood.
Can decrease growth hormone.
Can increase cholesterol.
Can increase the systolic blood pressure.
High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products. (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)
It can interfere with the absorption of protein.
It causes food allergies.
Can contribute to diabetes.
Can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
Can contribute to eczema in children.
Can cause cardiovascular disease.
Can impair the structure of DNA.
Can change the structure of protein.
Can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
Can cause cataracts.
Can cause emphysema.
Can cause atherosclerosis.
Can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins. (LDL)
High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
It lowers the enzymes ability to function.
Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
Can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
Can increase the amount of liver fat.
Can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
Can damage the pancreas.
Can increase the body's fluid retention.
It is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.
Can cause myopia. (nearsightedness)
Can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
Can make the tendons more brittle.
Can cause headaches, including migraine.
It plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.
Can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders.
Can cause depression.
It increases the risk of gastric cancer.
It can cause dyspepsia. (indigestion)
Can increase your risk of getting gout.
Can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
Can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to low-sugar diets.
A diet high in refined sugar reduces learning capacity.
It can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
It can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
Can cause platelet adhesiveness.
Can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become under active and others become overactive.
Can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.
High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.
It slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
It increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
It increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.
It combines with and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
It can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.
It is an addictive substance.
Can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
Can exacerbate PMS.
Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
It can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (ADHD)
It adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
Can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.
High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer.
It increases the risk of polio.
High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
It causes high blood pressure in obese people.
In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.
It may induce cell death.
Can increase the amount of food that you eat.
In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.
It can lead to prostrate cancer.
It dehydrates newborns.
Can cause low birth weight babies.
Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia.
It can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream.
Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.
It is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.
It may cause laryngeal cancer.
It induces salt and water retention.
It may contribute to mild memory loss.
The more sodas a 10 year old child consumes, the less milk.
It can increase the total amount of food consumed.
Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.
It causes constipation.
It causes varicose veins.
Can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.
Can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Can cause metabolic syndrome.
Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.
Can be a factor in asthma.
The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.
It can affect the brain’s ability to deal with rewards and consequences.
Can cause cancer of the rectum.
Can cause endometrial cancer.
Can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.
Can cause liver tumors.
Can increase inflammatory markers in the blood stream of overweight people.
Can lower Vitamin E levels in the blood stream.
Can increase your appetite for all food.
It plays a role in the etiology and the continuation of acne.
Too much sugar can kill your sex life.
It saps school performance in children.
It can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness and depression.
It is common choice of obese individuals.
A linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients is associated with increasing total sugar intake.
Note: The word Sugar or Sugars has been changed here to [S] so as to satisfy the Search Engines.
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