Why Is Excessive Sugar Consumption Such a Big Problem?

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Sugar consumption is at an all-time high in the United States. During the past three decades, the average number of calories Americans get from sugar has climbed steadily. Although some sugar in your diet is OK, excessive consumption can have many negative effects. At MountainView Hospital , we offer a range of nutritional services to help you understand how the foods you eat affect your health. If you’re not convinced that excessive sugar consumption is bad for you, consider the following risks:

Heart Disease

Having too much sugar in your diet increases your heart disease risk significantly. A study reported in JAMA: Internal Medicine in 2014 indicated that people who get 17 to 21 percent of their calories from sugar are 38 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who get only eight percent from sugar. People who get 21 percent of their calories from sugar have double the risk of dying from heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories per day from sugar and that men limit themselves to 150 calories.

Obesity

Excessive sugar is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Calories from sugar provide no nutritional value and don’t satisfy hunger, so they leave you eating more. Excess sugar calories are calories on top of those needed for health. The extra calories translate into weight gain.

Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease not caused by excess sugar consumption. However, type 2 diabetes does have an indirect link with sugar, since it is often triggered by obesity. Excessive sugar consumption can exacerbate both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Let the physicians at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas help you take control of your nutrition so you can take control of your health. In addition to our bariatric surgery center and diabetes classes, our H2U members always have access to great nutritional information. Our full-service hospital is also home to a stroke center, heart hospital, and robotic surgery team. Make an appointment with a provider today by calling (702) 233-5474 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.