What are the health risks of eating sugar?

Jorge Cruise

The health risks of eating sugar include belly fat, weight gain and glycation, which cause tissues in your body to break down and age faster. In this video, fitness expert Jorge Cruise explains the various disadvantages of eating too much sugar.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There’s no sugarcoating the facts. Excess sugar consumption puts your body in danger of many potentially fatal conditions. Below are the top four reasons why sugar should get the boot from your diet.
  • High Blood Pressure: Normal nitric oxide levels keep blood vessels healthy and open. Too much sugar in your diet decreases nitric oxide levels, causing blood vessels to become narrow, which causes high blood pressure and an increased risk for cardiac disease.
  • High Cholesterol: People who consume too much sugar are more likely to have lower levels of HDL, or good cholesterol; higher levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol; and higher levels of triglycerides, or blood fats. This clogs up arteries and blood vessels, leading to heart disease.
  • Liver Disease: A diet high in sugar is believed to exacerbate fatty liver disease. Too much sugar spikes insulin and drives fat into the liver cells, which causes inflammation and scarring, eventually causing the liver to become cirrhotic.
  • Insulin Resistance: When sugar enters the body, insulin opens the door to allow sugar into the cells. However, when there are continuous sugar spikes, insulin becomes less effective. Sugar can’t get into the cells and become “stuck” in the body, producing toxic effects that lead to obesity and the threat of diabetes.

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