124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., www.nancyappleton.com
Author of the book "Lick The Sugar Habit"

In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system

  2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body

  3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children

  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides

  5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

  6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose

  7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins

  8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency

  9. Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostrate, and rectum

  10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose

  11. Sugar causes copper deficiency

  12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium

  13. Sugar can weaken eyesight

  14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine

  15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia

  16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract

  17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children

  18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease

  19. Sugar can cause premature aging

  20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism

  21. Sugar can cause tooth decay

  22. Sugar contributes to obesity

  23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis

  24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers

  25. Sugar can cause arthritis

  26. Sugar can cause asthma

  27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

  28. Sugar can cause gallstones

  29. Sugar can cause heart disease

  30. Sugar can cause appendicitis

  31. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis

  32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids

  33. Sugar can cause varicose veins

  34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users

  35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease

  36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis

  37. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity

  38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity

  39. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood

  40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone

  41. Sugar can increase cholesterol

  42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure

  43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

  44. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non- enzymatically to protein)

  45. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein

  46. Sugar causes food allergies

  47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes

  48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy

  49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children

  50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease

  51. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

  52. Sugar can change the structure of protein

  53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen

  54. Sugar can cause cataracts

  55. Sugar can cause emphysema

  56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis

  57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL)

  58. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body

  59. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function

  60. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease

  61. Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body

  62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide

  63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat

  64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney

  65. Sugar can damage the pancreas

  66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention

  67. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement

  68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness)

  69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries

  70. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle

  71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine

  72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women

  73. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders

  74. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves

  75. Sugar can cause depression

  76. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer

  77. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion)

  78. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout

  79. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates

  80. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets

  81. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity

  82. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol

  83. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

  84. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness

  85. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive

  86. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones

  87. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli

  88. Sugar can lead to dizziness

  89. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress

  90. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion

  91. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer

  92. Sugar feeds cancer

  93. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant

  94. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents

  95. Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract

  96. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon

  97. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men

  98. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more dificult

  99. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer

  100. Sugar is an addictive substance

  101. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol

  102. Sugar can exacerbate PMS

  103. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce

  104. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability

  105. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch

  106. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects

  107. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  108. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition

  109. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function

  110. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases

  111. I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain

  112. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer

  113. Sugar increases the risk of polio

  114. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures

  115. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people

  116. In Intensive Care Units: Limiting sugar saves lives

  117. Sugar may induce cell death

  118. Sugar may impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in living organisms

  119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior

  120. Sugar can cause gastric cancer

  121. Sugar dehydrates newborns

  122. Sugar can cause gum disease

  123. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men

  124. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies

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