Excess sugar causes a variety of problems:
1. High blood pressure
Insulin assists in the storage of excess energy as well as magnesium. However, if your cells become resistant to insulin, you can’t store magnesium, which means you lose magnesium via urination. When you can’t store magnesium because the cell is resistant, you lose magnesium, and your blood vessels constrict, which leads to increased blood pressure.
2. Sodium retention and congestive heart failure
High insulin also causes the retention of sodium, which leads to fluid retention; fluid retention causes high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
3. Increased homocysteine
A recent study showed that overweight children with high insulin levels are also likely to have high levels of homocysteine, a substance that appears to raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, and congenital problems.
Insulin is a master hormone that controls many anabolic hormones, such as growth hormone, testosterone, and progesterone. Insulin resistance reduces the anabolic process. Anabolic hormones drive the formation of bone, so when these hormones are reduced, the building of bone is reduced, too. So, sugar-burners are more likely to begin using protein to convert to glucose to supply glucose. The sheath or covering of our bones is primarily made of proteins. Over time, this results in cannibalizing the bones’ protein sheath, resulting in osteoporosis.
5. Increased cancer risk
Insulin increases cellular reproduction, which increases the risk of cancer. One study has shown that increased insulin levels are one of the strongest correlations to breast and colon cancers.