Sugar is like the friend who is a bad influence—awesome and enjoyable, but you know that at the end of the night, you will need bail money. Similarly, sugar, delicious sugar, tastes great and is very satisfying, but ultimately, it will put you in a worse position health-wise.
Sugar and your general health
Sugar can wreak havoc on the human body in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:
- It causes blood glucose levels to spike and plummet. This can cause headaches, fatigue, mood swings, and sugar cravings, which starts the entire cycle over again. Sugar can be addictive and it is like a drug—it makes you feel good temporarily, but shortly after, you feel horrible, hungry, and need more of it.
- It causes insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when the body produces insulin, but it does not function. Instead of causing the glucose to be absorbed by the cells, the glucose builds up in the bloodstream, which causes type 2 diabetes along with a number of other medical conditions.
- It accelerates aging. Sugar attaches to proteins, which forms molecular structures that cause the loss of elasticity in aging body tissue.
- It causes tooth decay, which causes gum disease, which can lead to heart disease.
- It increases stress.
Sugar and sexuality
- Libido and stamina are inextricably linked to one’s overall mood and energy level. Because sugar causes fatigue, headaches, and mood swings, it can leave you too tired for sex or simply “not in the mood.”
- Type 2 diabetes has long been associated with erectile dysfunction, as it causes damage to nerves and small blood vessels, both of which cause not only erectile dysfunction, but sexual problems in women as well. Other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity can also contribute to erectile dysfunction.
- Type 2 diabetes can also cause retrograde ejaculation, which is when semen enters the bladder during ejaculation, rather than exiting through the tip of the penis.
- Chronic high blood sugar can cause a reduction in testosterone levels as well as libido.
- Other side effects of sugar, such as tooth decay and weight gain, can negatively impact self-confidence, making them less unsure of themselves and causing anxiety, especially in the bedroom.
- The abnormal nerve function that can arise from type 2 diabetes and/or chronically high blood sugar can make sexual intercourse painful and uncomfortable, making an individual less willing to have sex, as it is no longer enjoyable.
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