How Sugar Affects the Body
A few years ago I went in for a routine check up and I was shocked at the results of my bloodwork. My cholesterol was through the roof and, I wasn’t pre-diabetic, but I was close. That was my wake up call, I knew at that moment that I needed to make some serious changes to my diet or I was going to end up with diabetes and other health problems. That moment was the beginning of my journey to better health. I started researching how sugar affects the body; I was shocked at what I learned.
Here are a few facts about too much sugar and how it affects your health.
An abundance of added sugar may cause your liver to become resistant to insulin, an important hormone that helps turn sugar in your bloodstream into energy. This means your body isn’t able to control your blood sugar levels as well, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
My liver was definitely being affected by too much sugar; I had a fatty liver. I could feel my liver pressing against my ribs. Since I’ve cut down on sugar, I’m happy to say, I no longer have a fatty liver.
When you eat, your pancreas pumps out insulin. But if you’re eating way too much sugar and your body stops responding properly to insulin, your pancreas starts pumping out even more insulin. Eventually, your overworked pancreas will break down and your blood sugar levels will rise, setting you up for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
If you have diabetes, too much sugar can lead to kidney damage. The kidneys play an important role in filtering your blood sugar. Once blood sugar levels reach a certain amount, the kidneys start to let excess sugar into your urine. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can damage the kidneys, which prevents them from doing their job in filtering out waste in your blood. This can lead to kidney failure.
Im happy to say through lifestyle changes, making healthier choices and cutting down on sugar; all my numbers are better. My cholesterol is down significantly and my sugar level is back in the normal range.
Resource : How Does Too Much Sugar Affect Your Body? Web MD