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added sugar ; Effects of consume in excess

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In the previous article, the Negative impacts of Sugar on our body and brain was discussed. If you have not yet read the article, please go through it for proper understanding of this article. Let us see what happens to our body when we consume excess added sugar.

Added sugar causes illness and metabolic disorders. Hence the name given to sugar is “White Poison”. Excess added sugar causes Obesity, Weight gain, Tooth decay, decreased bone density, Insulin resistance, Osteoporosis, Fractures.

  1. Metabolic: Although obesity, stress, lack of exercise also plays a major role in the development of Type-II diabetes, too much sweet creates major problems. Sugar loaded food and drinks cause a continuous spike of glucose in the bloodstream, on the other side the pancreas is overloaded with insulin production. Due to this continuous process, insulin resistance occurs, which is termed as pre-diabetic stage, which later on progresses to Type-II diabetes.
  2. Intestinal: Sugar makes the gut and blood acidic, therefore digestion becomes poor, gut Flora (good gut bacteria) diminish. Hence essential nutrients and minerals absorption does not occur. In the end, leaky gut and inflammation of the intestinal inner wall occurs. The acidic atmosphere in the intestine is also responsible for carcinoma.
  3. Liver: Too much refined sugar, soda, candy and high fructose corn syrup cause an accumulation of fat in the liver cells and develop non-alcoholic fatty liver damage.
  4. Heart: Studies have shown that excess added sweet increases cardio-vascular diseases such as Hypertension because of sodium accumulation in the body. It lowers good cholesterol (HDL) and raises bad cholesterol (LDL, VLDL). Later it stops breaking down triglycerides which can lead to Heart attack and blockage of arteries.

Effects of consumption of excess added sugar on the Brain:

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Excessive consumption of sweet damages blood vessels in the brain that carries oxygen rich blood.

When the brain receives too little blood, brain cells can die, which is termed as brain atrophy and can cause memory problems and thinking capacity which eventually leads to tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, dementia and depression, poor memory retention.

When there is a high level of glucose in the blood, the brain will try to metabolize, and it causes the hippocampus (area of CNS where ideas and memories are recorded) to get damaged.

More sugar supplied to the brain saturates the brain. Over a period of time this could transfer into neurological degradation, leading to the impairments in memory and reasoning skills.

Research shows that there is a strong relationship between habitual sugar ingestion and risk of developing mental illness later on.

Therefore, we must eliminate or minimize sugar, ultra processed food, breakfast cereals, sauces, sugary soft drinks from diet and prevent the body and brain.


Daily exercise and more water intake are good remedies for a healthy body. Always select low GI food such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, lentils, pulses. Take plenty of fibre, magnesium, zinc and selenium rich food.

Also take proper sleep as it plays an important role for effective function of the brain.

Some dieticians and nutritionists recommend cinnamon to help reduce blood sugar level and insulin resistance. Recently “WHO” published an article for intake of sugar that shows 3 to 6 teaspoons of sugar for an adult is the maximum daily intake.

I hope that everyone reading the previous article “Negative Impact of Sugar on Body & Brain” .

As well as this one “Effects of consuming excess added Sugar on the body” finds it effective.

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So, that they too can get benefits from it.

Do stay tuned with us for more such updates and get a healthier lifestyle.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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