If you've been diagnosed with full-blown Type 2 diabetes, or you're at the prediabetes stage and being counseled on how to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes, there is no doubt you've heard you need to take care with the type and quantity of carbohydrates you include in your eating plan.
But are you really paying attention? Worldwide people have an insatiable sweet tooth, downing about 90 to 180 pounds of refined sugar and additives like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) per person. Many individuals still don't realize just how 'bad' sugar is for them and continue to consume it – even if in small doses.
But in reality, if you want to maximize your health and prevent your risk of disease, sugar should be completely cut out. Here's why …
1. Sugar And Weight Gain. First, it should already be quite clear sugar is the most dangerous food you could take in as far as weight control is concerned.
The minute you take in sugar, your blood sugar level will soar causing your pancreas to flood your system with insulin. Since insulin's job is to take up sugar and push it into body cells, it's like a one-way street to body fat gain.
And, as you gain more body fat, your insulin sensitivity becomes lower and lower, which only prompts more and more fat gain total down the road.
2. Sugar And Heart Disease. Another big problem associated with sugar one should know about is sugar and heart disease. Many people still think dietary fat is the big problem with heart health. Not so.
When you have a high intake of sugar, it's going to lead to the formation of plaque on the walls of blood vessels. As this takes place, the arteries narrow and your heart is going to have to work harder and harder.
Over time, this plaque build-up can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Sugar is the real 'bad' guy, not dietary fat. While taking in far too much saturated fat isn't ideal by any means, taking in too much sugar is worse.
3. Sugar And Cancer. Finally, don't overlook the fact sugar can also lead to higher rates of cancer as well. Cancerous cells will feed off the sugar you're consuming, continuing to multiply in your body as they take over and the disease sets in with full force.
Many people don't understand the sugar and cancer connection, but it's there and something you need to be very aware of.
So there you have some facts about just how 'bad' sugar is for your body and health, and how it will impact you. It's not only going to increase your risk factor for Type 2 diabetes and high, unstable blood sugar levels, but for many other potentially fatal health conditions as well.