A 2013 study estimated that 180,000 deaths worldwide may be attributed to sweetened beverage consumption. The United States alone accounted for 25,000 deaths in 2010. The authors summarize that deaths occurred due to the association with sugar-sweetened beverages and chronic disease risk such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
This is what happens:
What does exactly sugar do once it enters your body? Sugar is a sticky substance and if it stays in the bloodstream, the particles will start to stick to the cells. The consequence: large amounts of sugar can lead to more wrinkles, a lack of mobility in the joints, dry brittle nails and hair not to mention other health problems.
Additionally, the rise in blood sugar can damage every cell in your body. When blood sugar levels rise too high, sugar can stick to the surface of cell membranes. Once stuck there, it can’t be removed. In a series of chemical reactions, glucose (the only sugar that circulates in your bloodstream) is converted to another sugar called fructose and eventually to a sugar alcohol, called sorbitol, that starts destroying cells to cause every know side effect of diabetes: blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage and so forth.
And an American Journal of Public Health study points out that sugar can also interfere with the functioning of a person’s genes, which can speed up the aging process.
Enough said? I Hope!