how sugar affects your body

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Your Brain

You're more likely to crave a candy bar at 3 p.m. than an apple or carrot because sugar gives your brain a huge boost of dopamine.

Sugar highs from candy or cookies can give you a quick boost of energy. As your blood sugar levels drop, you may feel jittery and anxious.

Your Mood

You may have smirked at the thought when you were 12, but candy can rot teeth. Cavity-causing bacteria love the sugar left in your mouth after a sweet meal.

Your Teeth

Just another reason to avoid candy if you have joint problems. - As a result of the inflammation they cause, sweets have been shown to worsen joint pain.

Your Joints

Toxic “AGEs” (advanced glycation end products) are formed when sugar attaches to proteins in your bloodstream. These molecules do exactly what they say: age the skin.

Your Skin

High fructose corn syrup or fructose is commonly added sugar. Fructose is processed in the liver and can cause damage. It is converted to fat in the liver.

Your Liver

Excess sugar in your bloodstream can affect your arteries all over your body. It inflames, thickens, and stiffens their walls, which stresses and damages the heart.

Your Heart

It releases insulin when you eat. However, if you eat too much sugar and your body stops responding to insulin, your pancreas produces even more insulin.

Your Pancreas

Sugar can damage your kidneys if you have diabetes. The kidneys filter the blood. When blood sugar levels rise, the kidneys start excreting sugar into the urine.

Your Kidneys

That eating sugar makes you gain weight isn't news to you. Sugar-sweetened beverage drinkers tend to be heavier and more prone to type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers.

Your Body Weight


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