What happens when you overeat sugar?

When you eat a lot of sugar, which means more than one teaspoon per day, your insulin levels go up.

This happens because your body is trying to get the sugar out of your blood.

Sugar triggers a biochemical process called the Maillard reaction. Heat is created as amino acids interact with reducing sugars.

But when sugar levels are high, they get inside the tunnels that house our nerves.

What happens when you overeat sugar?

The Maillard reaction causes our nerve coverings to shrink. This is called compression.

High levels of nitric oxide mark it.

Each time this happens, the nerves become tightened a little more swollen.

Over time—three or four decades, for instance—sugar can ruin your nerves and cause other diseases like diabetes.

What happens when you overeat sugar?

Sugar can also increase our bodies’ cholesterol output, which forms plaque in the blood vessel walls and leads to atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.

Which, of course, leads to heart disease.

I can’t tell you how many patients I’ve seen who tell me, “Dr. Jacoby, I just don’t get it.”

“I went to the hospital for a heart attack. When I came out, I had diabetes.”

“But I never had diabetes before!”

I tell them, “Yes, you did. You didn’t know it.”

The sugar they were consuming increased their cholesterol levels, which triggered the heart attack.

But the root cause of all their woes was their sugar-rich diet.

I’ve seen this again and again.

These days, I tell people two things that are easy to remember.

One: Dead is an alarming symptom. Meaning, don’t wait til you dead to do what I’m about to tell you next.

Two: Cut sugar out of your diet.

Then watch how amazing you start to feel!