Nov 6, 2023, 02:10 PM IST
Other than weight gain, consuming too much sugar can contribute to numerous health problems that might be irreversible.
A high intake of sugar has been linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It can lead to insulin resistance, where the body's cells don't respond properly to insulin.
Excessive sugar intake has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. It can lead to high blood pressure, inflammation and high triglyceride levels.
The liver can be negatively impacted by too much sugar leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) which can progress to more severe liver conditions.
Over-consumption of sugar, particularly added sugars in processed beverages and foods, can contribute to obesity, which is an important risk factor for cancer.
Sugar is a major contributor to tooth decay and cavities. The bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar-producing acids that erode tooth enamel.
There is evidence that a diet high in sugar may be associated with an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety issues and other mental health issues.