Sugar Ain’t So Sweet

The Effects of Sugar on the Body & Dental Health

Coffee-DessertOf course, sugar is bad for your oral health, but we know you’ve been hearing that fact for years.  The truth is, sugar has detrimental effects on the entire body.  A common misunderstanding is that only diabetics have to worry about their insulin levels. For everyone, too much glucose (sugar), results in too much insulin, which can have negative effects from creating belly fat to effects as drastic as developing diabetes. Here is what happens in your body every time you eat sugar, and you’ll be able to see how too much sugar can start to have negative effects on the body.

Once glucose passes through the stomach and gets to the small intestine, it actually goes through the walls of the small intestine and into the bloodstream. This triggers the pancreas to produce insulin, which is the hormone that delivers glucose molecules to cells to be used as energy. Too much sugar at one time causes the cells to become overloaded with glucose and to calm this down, the brain sends out mass amounts of serotonin, which are hormones that tell your body to go to sleep, which is the reason why you crash after a sugar rush.

After wreaking havoc in the body, the effects of the glucose molecules don’t stop there. Insulin actually blocks the brain from being able to produce the molecule that tells your body that it’s full. So while this all is happening inside of your body, all you physically feel is that you’re not getting full, so therefore you keep pounding down the sugary snacks, which just leads to more glucose. Back to what’s going on inside, without the molecule telling you that you’re full, your brain goes into energy conservation mode because it thinks it’s starving. The brain then tells the body to store all these extra glucose molecules as belly fat, which results in those sneaky extra pounds.

Even after the new belly fat, the effects of glucose aren’t over yet. Once the pancreas has pumped out so much insulin, your cells start to become immune to the insulin, leaving excess glucose molecules just floating around, which could lead to prediabetes all the way to full scale diabetes.

The effects just described are all the extremes, this won’t happen by eating just one candy bar now and then. So you can still have your sweet treats every now and then, but make sure they don’t become daily habits.  At Burning Tree Family Dentistry, we are all about promoting healthy teeth and healthy people!