Life is certainly much sweeter when a sugary treat can be enjoyed. And splurging in moderation is generally okay, but obviously, too much sugar can be harmful for your health in a vast number of different ways.

Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a look at five of those ways that too much sugar can wreak havoc on your body.

  1. Headaches

Splurging on sugar can bring along an unpleasant side effect when that crash hits—a splitting headache. The body producing the insulin that drops your blood-sugar level is also what leads to that headache.

  1. Premature Skin Aging

Not only is sugar bad for the inside of your body, but it can also negatively affect the outside as well. A chemical reaction called glycation causes skin to lose some of its elasticity, which means wrinkles. This reaction also causes your skin to become drier.

  1. Cravings Become Worse

Sugar cravings can become an endless cycle. Your body is seeking a quick fix, so you eat some sugary food. After an initial spike, the insulin production causes your blood-sugar level to drop, causing fatigue. Then you will crave more sugar to get some of that energy back.

  1. Trouble Sleeping and Staying Asleep

Studies have found that a diet high in refined sugars is linked to a greater risk of insomnia. Alternatively, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits—which contain natural sugars—improve the ability for people to fall asleep and have a greater quality of sleep.

  1. Overeating in General

Eating sugary foods only leave you feeling full for a short period of time due to their lack of fiber. As a result, you’re likely to eat again not too long after you already consumed a high number of empty calories.


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