Sugar may suppress your immune system making you more susceptible to illness and disease. If you eat a large amount of sugar, a bottle of coke or a chocolate bar, you temporarily dampen down the effectiveness of your immune system making it less able to respond to emergencies. This can last for several hours so your immune system may be regularly operating below par if you eat a lot of sweets or soft drinks each day. In this way sugar can
reduce the bodies natural defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
Sugar upsets the bodies balance affecting the relationship between certain minerals upsetting the bodies homeostasis.
Ingestion of large amounts of sugar promotes inflammation. Inflammation, which is part of the immune response, is normally helpful, however sugar foods can cause the development of inappropriate inflammation which does the body no good and actually promotes disease and aging.
Excess sugar intake causes a reduction in tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more tissue elasticity and function you loose, this ages the body as does sugars suppression of human growth hormone production. Exercising, avoiding undue stress and eating correctly balanced meals may also help to stop growth hormone suppression.
Diabetes: sugar raises insulin levels. An influx of sugar into your body causes your blood sugar levels to rise. this in turn causes your Pancreas to release insulin to get rid of the excess sugar in your blood returning blood sugar levels to normal, if you regularly eat sugar and insulin is being constantly used it’s effect becomes less and more and more insulin is needed to get blood sugar levels down. Your Pancreas may stop functioning effectively and you have become an insulin dependent diabetic. The exposing of your cells and organs to chronically high levels of insulin also accelerates the aging process.
Sugar can decrease testosterone production. Sugar rich meals can reduce testosterone levels by 24%, regular high sugar meals can eventually cause reduced testosterone levels.
Excessive sugar causes tooth decay.
Increased sugar consumption causes constipation and is associated with increasing the risk of getting other digestive diseases such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Excessive sugar consumption is a contributing factor in arthritis, asthma, gallstones, heart disease, varicose veins, hypertension, peridontal disease, increased cholesterol, osteoporosis, increased liver fat, is a risk factor in cancer.
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