Some Lesser Known Health Effects Of Eating Too Much Sugar

2012-10-19 | |
Last updated: 2012-10-19

What Health Problems Come From Excessive Sugar Consumption?

Considering just how much sugar that we are eating, it becomes important to understand what health effects that all this sugar can have on our health besides weight gain and poor oral health. The following are some of the more serious health effects of eating too much sugar.

Inflammation As A Consequence Of Consuming Too Much Sugar

One of the more recent findings regarding the consumption of sugar is the effects it has on the immune system. Research from the University of Copenhagen found that in overweight individuals, excess sugar lead to increased levels of several inflammation-causing proteins within the blood. Similar research conducted in 2011 by the University Hospital Zurich, found that for healthy young men, the results were similar. The research found that among several unhealthy changes, the levels of inflammatory proteins increased after only 3 weeks on a diet with higher sugar intake. In this study, the participants were only drinking the equivalent of 1 or 2 sugar-sweetened drinks per day.

Breathing Problems From Too Much Sugar

One of the consequences of this increased inflammation within the body is a higher risk for developing some breathing problems such as asthma and COPD. A study by the University of Adelaide published in the spring found that individuals who drank sugar-sweetened soda had a 13% higher chance for developing asthma. The same study found that risk for COPD increased by more than 4%. While these numbers are not large, they do represent increased risk for behaviors that are avoidable.

Pancreatic Cancer Associated With Excess Sugar Consumption

Another way in which inflammation from sugar overuse may affect our health is with respect to pancreatic cancer risk. Although pancreatic cancer is a less common cancer, it is also very dangerous with only 1 in 20 people who develop the cancer surviving after 5 years.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota studying 60000 patients found that drinking sodas affected prostate cancer risk significantly. Their research determined that drinking an average of 5 such drinks per week increased the risk of prostate cancer by almost 90%. Related research by the Karolinska Institute found that, for men, a diet with sweetened, canned fruit increased the risk of prostate cancer by more than 50%. Likewise, research from Harvard Medical School found that drinking sodas increased the pancreatic cancer risks for women by 57%.

These results help to show just how much sugar can affect cancer risk.

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