Our first topic for the Sugar Lesson is a bit of a rehash. I’m going to talk about the dangers of sugar. Again. Just to get the point across!
Education and Empowerment
My goal with this lesson is not to scare you. But it is my goal to educate you on the potential diseases that you can face with a diet that is high in sugar.
Sugar has never been something I have craved, but for most of us, it is a downfall. Learning the risks and making the proper adjustments in our diet is the key to being healthier. We don’t have to kiss sugar goodbye forever, but we certainly need to recognize when high quantities become a danger.
Chronically high intakes of sugar can reduce the body’s ability to handle carbohydrates. Carbs have an important function in our bodies. When we cannot process them properly, lots of problems can occur. Insulin sensitivity is reduced, which increases the insulin response to meals. This then leads to excess fat gain due to the high insulin levels – especially around our mid-sections and upper back. This is the cause of “love handles”! The eventual outcome of poor carbohydrate tolerance is borderline to full-blown diabetes.
We mentioned glycation in yesterday’s introductory post. Glycation occurs when high amounts of sugar in the blood causes the binding of the sugar molecules to blood proteins. This causes decreased activity of the proteins and can cause many health problems. These complications include premature aging, cancer, altered vision, such as cataracts and retinopathy, Alzheimer’s, vascular disease, erectile dysfunction, kidney disease and joint pain and arthritis.
Do you suffer from any of these ailments? It may be time to take a hard look at your sugar intake.
I can help you do just that!
Stay tuned – next we will discuss the overabundance of sugar in our foods and how to avoid them.