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Sweet talk to me – what affects sugar has on your body

According to research, Australian’s on average, consume around 30 teaspoons of sugar a day! This is about twice the recommended amount.

Your favourite snacks and drinks may be hiding large amounts of sugar, those to look out for include:

  • 1 can soft drink, 10 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 can energy drink, 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • 50g chocolate bar, 7 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1tbs condiments, 1 teaspoon of sugar

It’s an undisputed fact that sugar has harmful affects on your body, but do you know the short and long term affects that sugar can impose?

Short Term:

  • Sugar causes the enamel in our teeth to weaken
  • Enzymes are produced that breakdown the collagen and elastin in our skin, this leads to wrinkles and potentially sagging of the skin
  • Excessive sugar intake will raise your insulin level as your body tries to remove the added glucose in your blood stream
  • Sugar is converted into glucose within minutes, and changes our blood pressure, raising our heart rate and increases mental awareness
  • Your body will release a feel-good hormone that will increase your energy levels, followed by a hard sugar crash

Long term:

  • Eating excessive amounts of sugar will greatly increase your risk of developing diabetes, as well as retinopathy, a condition that affects the blood vessels within the retina, it may lead to blindness.
  • Sugar can destroy your enamel, leading to many dental issues, including cavities
  • You are more at risk of developing skin conditions such as acne and rosacea
  • Your pancreas will rapidly age, dampening you ability to regular blood sugar levels
  • Your blood sugar level could permanently increase, leading to a disease that hardens the arteries
  • Excess sugar leads to weight gain and obesity, having major consequences on your heart
  • Sugar crashes on a regular basis can lead to mood swings, fatigue and irritability, it also increases your risk of anxiety and depression along with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia

 

Information taken from The Healthy Employee