5 things that happen when taking excess sugar in the body


Added sugar can be found in so many products, even those that you least expected. Remember those quick, processed foods and snacks you’ve consumed?

Chances are, most of then, if not all, contain added sugar, which also makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie count.

Sweets make life even more delicious, but like many other things, too much of it cannot be good for you. And for it, you’ll have to consume them in moderation, if you wish to live a healthier and longer life.

5 things that happen when taking excess sugar in the body

From increasing your weight to increasing your risk of heart disease–something that we will be tackling on later–there are many reasons why too much sugar consumption has always been one of the top causes of various health problems.

To find out about them, keep on reading this article.

Weight gain

Countless studies have shown that too many sugary foods and drinks can increase weight. That’s because when your body has more sugar than it needs, the excess sugar becomes fatty acid and is stored in adipose fatty cells, such as your arms, stomach, thighs, and hips.

Moreover, high sugar intake might result in leptin-resistance, which is a hormone that tells your body to stop eating.

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In other words, consuming too much of it will make you want to eat more, thus, gaining weight.

Increased risk of heart disease

High-sugar diets have been closely linked to heart diseases, which we all know is the ultimate cause of death worldwide.

Also, too much sugar, as evidence suggests, can cause inflammation, obesity, and high blood sugar and blood pressure levels, all of which are risk factors for heart disease.

Increased cancer risk

According to research, excess of sweet things in the body might put you at greater risk of having certain types of cancer. A study found out that added sugar can increase the risk of pleural cancer, oesophagal cancer, and cancer of the small intestines.
Plus, sugar can lead to obesity and inflammation, which also contribute to cancer risks.

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Acne

Did you know that refined carbs diet that includes sugary foods and drinks can also increase the chances of developing acne?

While this skin condition isn’t as life-threatening as heart diseases and cancer, it can be a real headache for many.

Sugary foods will spike blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to increased androgen secretion, inflammation, and oil production, and all of them play a role in acne development.

Ageing skin

In addition to acne, it also makes you age faster. Research has shown that high sugar and refined carbs consumption can play a crucial role in skin ageing.

Moreover, a study found out that women who ate more carbs, including added sugars, had more wrinkles than those on a lower-carb, high-protein diet.

While there’s nothing wrong with wrinkles, premature ageing might be something you should concern yourself with. After all, no one wants to sport wrinkles and age lines when they’re still young.


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Clement Uduak

AYODELE John and CLEMENT Uduak are students from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Studying Microbiology.

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