Just about everyone loves the occasional snack. Well, some of us consume sugary snacks even more than occasionally, and this can cost you a lot in terms of your health and appearance. Everyone knows that too much junk food can lead to obesity and dental problems that could require intervention, but those aren’t the only potential problems. Here are three other ways in which your sweet tooth can damage your health.
Too much sugar can lead to hair loss in two ways: first, too much sugar can damage your organs and blood vessels. As a result, your blood's ability to carry oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles can be impaired, causing your hair to stop growing or fall out. Second, too much sugar can result in a jump in the amount of insulin and androgen in your blood. These chemicals then bind to your hair follicles, which can cause your hair to fall out.
Decline in Eyesight
According to Retina Care Consultants, diabetic retinopathy is a chronic eye disease that results from damaging effects of high blood sugar on the delicate blood vessels within the retina and is the leading cause of blindness in patients aged 20-64 years in the United States. It is a condition that can occur in type-1 or type-2 diabetes patients and is linked directly to the overconsumption of sugar. This occurs when an overabundance of sugar in your blood blocks off the tiny blood vessels in your eyes, causing your eyes to lose functionality, leading to poor eyesight.
Sugar affects aging through a process known as glycation, which is the chemical process by which sugar reacts with proteins in your body. When this happens, it creates advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which, in turn, damage the mitochondria of your cells. According to Elle Beauty, when this happens, your cells stop working properly. This puts your body at risk for a slew of damaging conditions that are typically associated with aging, including organ dysfunction, damage to joints and cartilage, skin damage and neuro-degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The same process can also put you at advanced risk for heart attacks and strokes.
While mild sugar intake likely won't cause you any major health concerns, your overall sugar intake needs to be strictly monitored and limited, particularly among populations who are already vulnerable, like those who suffer from poor eyesight. Doing so can help protect your health in the long run.
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