Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but that doesn’t stop us from craving it occasionally. In large enough quantities, sugar can damage not only your overall health but your dental health as well.
Luckily, your body will give you signs and signals that you’re consuming too much sugar. Below are 5 of these symptoms and, if you’re suffering from them, it may be time to cut back on your sugar intake.
5 Signs That You’re Eating Too Much Sugar
Weight Gain – Sugar has no protein or fiber and contains plenty of calories. This means it will take more of a sugary food to fill you up, and you’ll be consuming excess calories in the meantime. This will cause you to gain weight, as will the release of insulin.
Sluggish or Fatigued – What goes up must come down. This is also true of a sugar rush. After the initial rush of insulin, you’ll crash and become fatigued or sluggish. If you binge on sugar often, this can turn into quite a rollercoaster ride for your body.
Moody or Irritable – This symptom is also due to sugar crashes. When the sugar rush dips, so will your mood. The more stable you keep your blood sugar, the more stable your body and mood will be.
Skin Changes – The spike in insulin that goes along with sugar consumption can cause hormonal changes. This may cause your skin to break out in the days after a sugar binge. Before visiting the dermatologist, try reducing your sugar intake to see if that makes a difference.
Dental Cavities – Lastly, sugar is the most common cause of dental cavities and tooth decay. If you aren’t properly caring for your teeth or making sure to brush after especially sugary meals, your dental health may suffer.
If you’re experiencing any of the above signs, you may want to make an appointment here at Meadows Family Dentistry so we can check on your teeth. Our family dental office is located here in Castle Rock, Colorado.
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Dr. Preston Polson has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. Dr. Polson received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado and completed a one-year Hospital based General Practice Residency in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Polson continues to receive advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry in an effort to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care possible.