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Is Your Sweet Tooth Sabotaging Your Health?

You've probably heard it a lot as a child, that too much sugar isn't good for you. Turns out, your parents were right!

Quick Overview

  • On average, Americans consume about 20 teaspoons of added sugar daily (sugar that isn't naturally found in foods like fruits).
  • Added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake.
  • The recommended amount of added sugar is approximately six teaspoons for women and nine teaspoons for men.
  • Too much sugar can have consequences on your physical and mental health.
  • A diet high in sugar impacts your brain, teeth, joints, skin, liver, heart, kidneys, etc.
  • Added sugars can be hard to spot because they are listed under different names on nutrition labels.

Added sugar consumption is becoming a major issue because experts believe high sugar intake is the cause of obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes. Take a look at how sugar can affect your body:

Liver

An excessive amount of added sugar can be damaging to the liver and can cause the liver to become resistant to insulin. When this happens, your body cannot control your blood sugar levels which can lead to type 2 diabetes. It can also cause an increase in fat build up on the liver which can lead to fatty liver disease.

Joints

High sugar diets can cause inflammation and worsen joint pain. Studies have also shown that an increase in sugar consumption can cause a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Mental Health

Added sugar can not only impact you physically, but mentally as well. A recent study in Scientific Reports found that a diet high in added sugar lead to the development of depression and anxiety compared to those who had a diet that was low in added sugar.

Heart

A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that large amounts of sugar caused damage to the heart. Consuming a lot of sugar can also lead to hardening of the arteries, heart disease, and heart failure.

Kidneys

Your kidneys have a huge role of filtering your blood sugar. Especially for those who suffer from diabetes, excessive sugar can lead to kidney failure because too much sugar causes the kidneys to not function properly in filtering the waste from your blood.

Skin

High amounts of sugar lead to inflammation. A result of inflammation is the acceleration of the aging process on your skin. When you consume sugar, it attaches to proteins in your blood and creates AGEs which are harmful molecules. These molecules can damage collagen and elastin in your skin leading to wrinkles and saggy skin.

Solution

It can be very hard to cut out added sugars from your diet, especially when they can be hard to spot on nutrition labels. Luckily, there are still a few steps you can take to lower your added sugar intake:

  • Check nutrition labels for sugar amounts. Sugar is commonly listed under other names like sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and maltose.
  • Substitute sweets. If you’re craving sweets, enjoy natural sweets like fruits or dark chocolate.
  • Use sugar alternatives. If you need to sweeten your coffee or tea or if you need some type of sweetener for your food, choose healthier options like honey or agave.
  • Know your health. While it may not seem so important, knowing how healthy your body is can help you to make better choices on the types of food should eat and how much sugar you should consume to stay healthy.

At Fibronostics our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about our LiverFASt™ family of diagnostic tests.

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