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How Sugar Harms Your Health

When people visit a weight loss clinic to learn how to lose weight, sugar is almost always part of the conversation. Although not everyone who wants to lose weight has a problem with eating too much sugar, a large number do, and they struggle with those sweet cravings when they begin their weight loss plans. Cutting sugar from your diet has more than weight loss benefits, however. Reducing your sugar intake will improve your overall health and make it easier to maintain your weight loss in Mt. Kisco and the surrounding Westchester County area . Here is a closer look at the way sugar affects your health beyond your waistline.

Heart Disease

Sugar can dramatically increase your risk of heart disease, even if you are a healthy weight. People who get 25 percent or more of their daily calories from sugar are twice as likely to die from heart disease than people who eat diets that contain less than 10% added sugar. According to the American Heart Association, women should limit themselves to less than 100 calories per day of added sugars, while men should restrict themselves to less than 150 calories per day, regardless of their weights.

High Cholesterol

Although researchers are not sure of the direct relationship, there appears to be a link between added sugars and high levels triglycerides. Additionally, sugar consumption appears to lower levels of HDL cholesterol—also known as “good cholesterol,” as it is the form that helps your body break down dangerous LDL cholesterol. These high cholesterol levels also increase the risk of heart disease, even after weight loss.

Type 2 Diabetes

Eating sugar does not cause either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, because excessive sugar consumption is linked to obesity, and obesity dramatically increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, there is an indirect relationship. With type 2 diabetes, the body becomes unable to used insulin effectively, allowing blood glucose levels to rise. When this occurs, a range of health problems can develop, including nerve damage, kidney damage, blindness, and heart disease.

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