Diseases Come From Eating Too Much Sugar?
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2013 | By Linda Tarr Kent
Sugar-sweetened beverages and processed foods add to sugar consumption.Photo Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Eating too much sugar raises your risk for gaining weight and the health problems that are associated with being overweight. You are more likely to suffer diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and many other health conditions when you indulge your sweet tooth too often. Table sugar isn’t the only culprit when it comes to sugar. Sugar goes by many ...view middle of the document...
” In fact, adding just one sugar-sweetened beverage to your daily diet almost doubles your risk, says lead study author Matthias B. Schulze.
Consuming too many carbohydrates, such as sugar, significantly raises your risk for developing a lipid profile that in turn increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a 2010 study published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association.” The study focused on added sugars, defined as caloric sweeteners that are ingredients in prepared and processed foods. The higher your sugar consumption, the higher your risk for a poor lipid profile consisting of higher triglyceride levels, lower “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and higher “bad” low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, says lead study author Jean A. Welsh.
Other Obesity-related Diseases
Excess sugar intake is associated with weight gain and obesity. Being obese or overweight raises your risk for many health conditions besides diabetes and heart disease. These include high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder and liver diseases, osteoarthritis, gynecological problems such as infertility, respiratory problems, sleep apnea and colon, breast and endometrial cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You are overweight if your body mass index is 25 or higher and obese if your index is 30 or higher.