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3 Reasons Sugar Can Change Your Health

By Virginia Laird

You have most likely heard that sugar can change your health. But do you know exactly how it affects it? To understand exactly what sugar does to a person's health, it is important to take a closer look at research. Although most research has not changed over the last few years, people's lifestyles have. Increasingly more people are eating out, choosing candy, and consuming sodas. The truth about sugar is that it can be harmful to a person's health. Some of the most important things to learn about sugar and how it affects health include:

  • Sugar can make you gain weight
  • Sugar can lead to diabetes
  • Kidney function can be disrupted by sugar

Sugar Can Make You Gain Weight

Eating a well-balanced diet does not include much sugar. Eating higher amounts of sugar can cause a person to be more likely to overeat because sugary foods do not offer the proper nutrients that allow you to feel full. Too much sugar can also cause problems with the pancreas. When this organ is working overtime to balance the insulin in the body, other hormones and functions can become unbalanced. These can include digestion, metabolism and others that can affect weight gain.

Sugar Can Lead to Diabetes

It is a well-known fact that eating too much sugar can lead to diabetes. Far too many Americans suffer from diabetes. Research suggests that this is, in part, due to the increase of sugar and sodas in the diet. Diabetes is a serious illness that can require a person to check his or her blood daily. Even worse, some have to give themselves a shot of insulin to help regulate the amount in the body. This disease can lead to other serious problems. If cutting sugar can help decrease the odds of developing this disease, it is worth a try.

Kidney Function Can Be Disrupted by Sugar

The kidneys play an important role in the body. They help to rid the body of waste. When a person consumes too much sugar, the kidneys must work extra hard to help filter the excess sugar out. This overworking can lead to infection and exhaustion. Urinary tract infections are painful. More painful are kidney stones and can be caused by eating too much sugar, too.

If you aren't ready to get rid of all sugar, try to decrease the amount you consume. This can have a great impact on your health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Ill.

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