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108 Ways Sugar Can
Ruin Your Health

by Dr. Mercola

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.

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  • Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
  • Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
  • Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  • Sugar can adversely affect children's school grades.
  • Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  • Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
  • Sugar can cause kidney damage.
  • Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
  • Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
  • Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
  • Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
  • Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
  • Sugar can cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women.
  • Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
  • Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
  • Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  • Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood vessels.
  • Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  • Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  • Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
  • Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
  • Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  • Sugar can promote tooth decay.
  • Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
  • High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  • Sugar can cause arthritis
  • Sugar can cause asthma.
  • Sugar can cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
  • Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
  • Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.
  • Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  • Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Sugar can indirectly cause hemorrhoids.
  • Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  • Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
  • Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
  • Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  • Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
  • Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  • Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
  • Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
  • Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
  • Sugar causes food allergies.
  • Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  • Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  • Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  • Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
  • Sugar can cause cataracts.
  • Sugar can cause emphysema.
  • Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  • Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
  • Sugar lowers the enzymes' ability to function.
  • Sugar can cause loss of tissue elasticity and function.
  • Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
  • Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
  • Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
  • Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
  • Sugar can cause constipation.
  • Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
  • Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  • Sugar can cause hypertension.
  • Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Sugar can cause an increase in delat, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
  • Sugar can cause depression.
  • Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high- sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
  • Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
  • Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots.
  • Sugar increases the risk of Alzheimer Disease.
  • Sugar can cause a increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves.
  • Sugar can cause depression.
  • Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.
  • Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
  • Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
  • The ingestion of sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
  • Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high- sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
  • Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
  • Sugar increases the risk of colon cancer in women.
  • There is a greater risk for Chron's disease with people who have a high intake of sugar.
  • Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
  • Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
  • Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  • High sucrose diet significantly increases serum insulin.
  • High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
  • High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.
  • High sugar diets tend to be lower in antioxidant micro nutrients.
  • High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for- gestational-age (SGA) infant.
  • High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents with high sugar diets.
  • Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
  • Sugar is associated with a substantial decrease in normal time of gestation among adolescents.
  • Sugar can cause a depletion in chromium which is tied to the development and progression of nearsightedness.
  • Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.
  • Sugar is an addictive substance.
  • Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  • Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
  • Sugar suppresses lymphocytes.
  • Decrease in sugar can increase emotional stability.
  • The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
  • Sugar can cause inappropriate behavior and decreased performance in children.
  • Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).
  • The sugar in chewing gum can cause dental caries.

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