Sugar can have significant consequences for your health, your metabolism and your wellbeing. We’ve compiled 20 ways that sugar can ruin your health to describe some of the main metabolic consequences of sugar that are documented in medical journals and other scientific publications.

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20 Ways That Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

  • Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
  • Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium – which may be linked with osteoporosis and other deficiency diseases
  • Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
  • Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
  • Sugar has been linked to the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
  • Sugar can cause numerous gastrointestinal problems including excess acidity in your digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can cause premature aging.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity.
  • Sugar may contribute to autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis.
  • Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.
  • Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure and cause high blood pressure in obese people.
  • Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
  •  Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  • Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.
  • Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention.
  • Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Diets high in sugar increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
  • Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.
  • Sugar is addictive.
20 Ways That Sugar Can Ruin Your Health


The most important point here is that sugar is addictive. And In my experience, certain body types are more sensitive to sugar than others.

You can tell if this is you because when you eat sugary foods or high carb meals:

  • you crave sugar and/or carbs in the hours afterward
  • you think about food all day
  • you find it hard to stop eating
  • it affects your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • it’s harder to regulate your emotions and maintain emotional balance.

With too much sugar, the physical signs appear – love handles, cravings, irritability, excess weight, energy rollercoasters.

I know this from first-hand experience, because I am one of those people.

Unless I manage my carb and sugar intake carefully, I’m all over the shop and it affects every aspect of my life.

And unless you get that under control, you are walking the pathway to chronic disease.

The one thing you CAN do is learn how certain foods affect you so that you can take control of your eating, so you can switch off cravings and get rid of your sugar addiction.

That’s why the Downsize Me Program includes a component on understanding and working with your metabolic type using a mindful approach – this is must-know stuff that will allow you to take control of your eating for good.


There are MANY ways that sugar can ruin your health and we’ve described just 20 of them.

Some people are more susceptible to sugar cravings and addiction than others.

But with an understanding of your trigger foods and a mindful approach to eating for your metabolic type, you can conquer sugar cravings once and for all.