We all know that a diet of too much sugary food is not good for us. However not everyone is necessary aware of just what the symptoms of having too much sugar are and how to look out for them and so avoid making the mistake. Here we will look at some symptoms of consuming too much sugar in your diet – if you notice them, then it’s time to cut down.
We all know that high sugar consumption is connected to weight gain. This is because sugar is a simple carb meaning that it’s used for energy and is readily available for the body to use. A complex carb is used for energy but is difficult for the body to store as fat (that in itself takes energy). However with sugar, any unused energy is very quickly turned into fat cells.
Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Eating lots of sugar increases the number of trigylcerides in the blood and increases cholesterol. This then leads to arterial plaques and can increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease or stroke. If your cholesterol is high then you might find yourself feeling out of breath and may notice that your skin looks blotchy and flushed as your blood is unevenly distributed in your body.
If you consume too much sugar you increase your chances of developing diabetes. This is because you will be putting too much strain on the insulin in your body which is responsible for converting sugar and glucose into usable energy. If you develop diabetes this can then leave you lethargic and cause you nerve damage potentially resulting in tingling fingers, loss of movement or sensation in your digits and eventually even blindness.
Sugar promotes the growth of bacteria on our teeth and this means that we are more likely to develop an abscess or cavity. This can result in the tooth looking discoloured and can make it highly sensitive so that it hurts when you consume sweet foods.
Consuming too much sugar has been linked to having low moods and even suffering from depression. This is because you get used to the sensation of the ‘sugar high’ which results in more energy and an improved mood so that the normal state then seems to be a severe low in terms of mood and energy as a result.
As we’ve already mentioned, sugar is a simple carb and this means that it is a form of very readily available energy. This then means that in the short term, consuming too much sugar can result in a spike in energy that leaves you feeling ‘hyperactive’. This is then inevitably followed by an energy trough where you are left with no energy and feeling comparatively very lethargic and tired.