5 Ways Excessive Sugar Kills You Over Time

Kevin Mwanza
Written by Kevin Mwanza
Excessive sugar
Excessive sugar is bad for your health and can lead to issues like dementia and diabetes. Image: Autumn Keiko

Excessive sugar is not just making you fat; it could kill you in ways you may not expect. While you should stop eating sugar altogether, eating less of it could improve or even save your life.

Here are five ways excessive sugar can put your health at risk or even kill you from the HeartMD Institute:

Developing dementia

A lot of sugar intake causes insulin resistance, which can impair some brain functions and weaken the brain’s ability to clear away the “plaques and tangles” that are thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.

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A spoonful away from a heart attack

Excess sugar can cause excess production of insulin in your body that is linked to high blood pressure and ultimately heart disease. Increased insulin triggers the nervous system, which increases your heart rate and the constricting of blood vessels.

Sugar-highs are addictive

There is a reason sugar makes you happy and makes kids hyper. Sugar intake stimulates the exchange of chemicals between the body and the brain that makes us happy. Eating a lot of sugar makes the body dependant on this external stimulation rather than initiating this process on its own.

Feeding on cancer

Research has shown that increased sugar intake leads to insulin resistance, which could lead to more of the hormone being produced as a compensation mechanism. This, researchers say, could be feeding cancer cells which require insulin to grow.

Developing diabetes

Intake of excess sugar makes the body resistant to insulin, which eventually leads to Type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. High blood sugar causes your pancreas to produce more insulin, and if this continues, it simply can’t keep up.