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Sweet Tooth Cravings May Lead To These 7 Health Problems

Miscellaneous By Tavishi Dogra , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Oct 04, 2019
Sweet Tooth Cravings May Lead To These 7 Health Problems

Do you know that eating sugar multiplies the yeast and intensifies cravings? Yes, it's true as it creates a vicious circle. Stress and steroids increase the hormone cortisol in your body's secretion, (which could also suppress the immune system),

Some people just love sweets and they are attracted to sugary delights all the time. But excess intake of white sugar i.e. refined sugar can prove dangerous for the body. It is commonly believed that eating sweets can cause weight gain or diabetes. Hence, people addicted to sweets should be careful. Let's tell you about the 7 health problems caused by eating sweets and easy ways to quit this addiction.

Diabetes

Sugar causes obesity, which is a risk factor for diabetes. Sitting in one place (having less physical activity) leads to a variety of metabolic and hormonal changes in the body, which increases insulin resistance and worsens the pancreatic cells. This makes the person fall prey to diabetes.

Heart Attack & Trauma

People who consume more sugar increase the number of triglycerides, while HDL cholesterol decreases. HDL is good cholesterol that protects you from a heart attack. High tri-glycosides and low HDL increase the risk of a heart attack.

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Liver Diseases

Sugar contains fructose. When we eat fructose, it accumulates in the liver, so that it can be used for energy if needed. If you don't work hard and eat too much sugar, the liver accumulates too much fructose. After which the liver starts to convert it into fat. This increases the risk of fatty liver and liver cancer in the long run.

Cancer

Cancer continues to be the biggest cause of death in the world today. The insulin hormone plays a major role in increasing the risk of cancer. Therefore, many scientists believe that the continuous rise in insulin levels [due to consumption of sugar] increases the risk of cancer. Besides, sugar can cause a variety of metabolic problems, which are another possible cause of cancer.

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Dental Problems

Excess sugar (e.g. sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contains high calories and no essential nutrients. Therefore, they are called "empty" calories. Sugar contains essential fat, vitamins or minerals... which is only pure energy. When people consume 10-20% calories as sugar, their body is deficient in nutrients.

Obesity

Sugar contains sucrose and fructose and is high in calories. Besides, sugar also slows down metabolism in the body. This is the reason why the over-consumption of sugar increases the risk of obesity.

Other Mental Issues

Sugar also contributes to leptin resistance, which is a source of discomfort for weight gain, hunger and sleep trouble, etc. Even high sugar intake can cause memory problems.

Tips to Control Sugar Cravings

  • Reduce the intake of maida, artificial sugar, packaged foods.
  • Reduce the intake of soda, cold drinks, biscuits, chocolate, etc.
  • Take more protein in food.
  • If you are eating carbohydrates, avoid starchy vegetables.
  • Reduce stress as it makes you feel like eating more sugary products.
  • Have a good sleep so that you don't wake up at night and eat snacks.

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