113 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health – Are You Sure?

Thanks to blackdogbetty, I found my way to this list of 113 reason why sugar is bad for you.

Now I think we’re all grown up enough to admit that yes, lots of sugar is bad for you. But when someone comes along making out like sugar is this huge bad guy, giving 113 reasons for this belief, doubling up on a number of those reasons with no citations, and no one points this out in the comments, I have to do something about it.

(I may be guilty of getting caught up in someone being wrong on the internet here, but I make no apologies.)

So here we go:

113 Way Sugar Can Ruin Your Health – Are You Sure About That?

**Comments written in red are mine. All links have been added by me.**

In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications. – Such as? Unless you give the reference details for said “medical journals and other scientific publications”, where is your proof that what you’re saying is true? Are we to just take your word for it?

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
  3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  5. Sugar can adversely affect children’s school grades.
  6. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  7. Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
  8. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
  9. Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
  10. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
  11. Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
  12. Sugar can cause copper deficiency. – I really think these should be just one point, after all they are both deficiencies, and it is no different to listing four different cancers in #14.
  13. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. – Could this point be included with copper and chromium deficiency? Though it doesn’t actually say whether it decreases absorption or increases it. I’m guessing there is a decrease, but citation would have helped this issue.
  14. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
  15. Sugar can cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women. – Shouldn’t this be included with the above point? You can’t have one point for four different cancers, then list another cancer in the next point.
  16. Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer. – This has the same problem as above, “may lead to”, “can cause”, “can be a risk factor in” all mean the same thing. Sugar may increase the chance of (yes, that’s another way of saying it) six different cancers, one point, not three.
  17. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
  18. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  19. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood vessels.
  20. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia. – Hypoglycemia is caused by low blood sugar levels. Is it possible she means hyperglycemia? Those tricky “hypo” and “hyper” definitions, always making us think one is the other.
  21. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  22. Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children. – I could be wrong, but isn’t this the same as #3?
  23. Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
  24. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
  25. Sugar can lead to alcoholism. – What? Really? This is one of those times where some citation would have been really good, I would really like to read which article this information came from.
  26. Sugar can promote tooth decay.
  27. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
  28. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  29. Sugar can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  30. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  31. Sugar can cause asthma.
  32. Sugar can cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
  33. Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
  34. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  35. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease. – Heart disease was already mentioned at #23. This should be included there.
  36. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  37. Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  38. Sugar can indirectly cause hemorrhoids. – If something is only an indirect cause, can you really include it?
  39. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  40. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
  41. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease. – Oooo that’s tricky. Use the technical term for #26, and voila! You have another point.
  42. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis. – Seeing as it interferes with the absorption of calcium (#13), it seems only fair that it could contribute to osteoporosis.
  43. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity. – This is the same as #26, no?
  44. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  45. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
  46. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  47. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
  48. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
  49. Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
  50. Sugar causes food allergies. – So sugar definitely causes food allergies then? Citation?
  51. Sugar can contribute to diabetes. – Decreased insulin sensitivity (#44), decreased glucose tolerance (#45), I’m pretty sure those things equal diabetes…
  52. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  53. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  54. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease. – *face palm* See #23 and #35.
  55. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA. – More information please.
  56. Sugar can cause cataracts.
  57. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  58. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis. – Cardiovascular disease maybe? (#54)
  59. Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
  60. Sugar lowers the enzymes’ ability to function. – Which enzymes? All of them?
  61. Sugar can cause loss of tissue elasticity and function.
  62. Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
  63. Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
  64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  65. Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
  66. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
  67. Sugar can cause constipation.
  68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).  – Eyesight already mentioned at #18
  69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  70. Sugar can cause hypertension.
  71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  72. Sugar can cause an increase in delat, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
  73. Sugar can cause depression.
  74. Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high- sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
  75. Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
  76. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
  77. Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots.
  78. Sugar increases the risk of Alzheimer Disease.

**I had trouble with the WordPress formatting here and html coding isn’t really my thing. I wanted to make a point about the number of repeats appearing in the remainder of the list, but couldn’t do so without the numbering restarting from one. So we now have Part One (above) and Part Two (below)**

  1. Sugar can cause a increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves. – Repeat Part One #72
  2. Sugar can cause depression. – Repeat Part One #73
  3. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer. – Again with the cancer. Repeat Part One #14, #15, #16.
  4. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion). – Repeat Part One #21
  5. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
  6. The ingestion of sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
  7. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high- sugar diets compared to low sugar diets. – Repeat Part One #74
  8. Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon. – Repeat Part One #75
  9. Sugar increases the risk of colon cancer in women. – Repeat Part One #15. Cancer risks also mentioned at Part One #14, #16, and Part Two #3.
  10. There is a greater risk for Chron’s disease with people who have a high intake of sugar. – Repeat Part One #28
  11. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
  12. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance. – Repeat Part One #76
  13. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones. – Repeat Part One #34
  14. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
  15. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  16. High sucrose diet significantly increases serum insulin.
  17. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion. – Repeat Part Two #11
  18. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer. – Repeat of cancer, Part One #14, #15, #16, and Part Two #3, #9.
  19. High sugar diets tend to be lower in antioxidant micro nutrients.
  20. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for- gestational-age (SGA) infant.
  21. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents with high sugar diets.
  22. Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract. – I actually thought this would be a good thing.
  23. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer. – Repeat of cancer Part One #14, #15, #16, and Part Two #3, #9, #18. Both Part One #15 and Part Two #9 are to do with colon cancer risk, for women in particular.
  24. Sugar is associated with a substantial decrease in normal time of gestation among adolescents. – Repeat Part Two #21
  25. Sugar can cause a depletion in chromium which is tied to the development and progression of nearsightedness. – Repeat Part One #11, #18, #68
  26. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer. – Repeat of cancer Part One #14, #15, #16, and Part Two #3, #9, #18, #23.
  27. Sugar is an addictive substance.
  28. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  29. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
  30. Sugar suppresses lymphocytes.
  31. Decrease in sugar can increase emotional stability. – This point just annoys me because it’s worded all wrong. It should be “Sugar can decrease emotional stability”.
  32. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
  33. Sugar can cause inappropriate behavior and decreased performance in children. – Repeat Part One #3, #4, #5, #22.
  34. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).
  35. The sugar in chewing gum can cause dental cavities. – Repeat Part One #26, #43

Do yourself a favor and go through this long list (which should really only be about half the length) and write out how many of the symptoms you have. What sugar does to a body is pretty frightening (especially when you write down the same symptoms as if they’re different a bunch of times). Kind of hard to believe, to be honest with you (kinda like how you managed to miss all those double-ups). Almost everything we eat contains sugar. We wonder why we are so sick and have so many ailments. The saddest part about it though is how many of us are willing to change our diets and limit our sugar intake (I think you mean it’s sad “how many of us are NOT willing to change our diets”). It is a sacrifice, I know! I struggle with it and if we are honest, we all do! Who doesn’t love sugar? It tastes so good! It is palatable to the taste buds. One of our taste buds is sweet after all.


So that’s it. Kudos if you managed to make your way through the whole thing.

There’s nothing wrong with making this kind of list, if that’s your thing, then go nuts. But if you are going to do so, at least use references and citations.  Don’t repeat the same points to increase the perceived risk, it’s not doing yourself or your message any favours.

If you disagree with anything I’ve said, or think I missed something, let me know in the comments below.


Comments from Twitter:

@ThatGirlFae [Part One] #20- Eating too much sugar can cause a hypo state as the body jacks up the insulin. It’s not a pleasant feeling at all!

@ThatGirlFae [Part One] #32- Ischemia going by your link affects arteries throughout the body, as opposed to coronary heart disease.

@ThatGirlFae [Part One] #43 surely saliva acidity would also affect salival enzymes, leading to digestion problems?

My reply: @ThatGirlFae
@IrnBruja that’s a valid point 🙂 this is why referencing and citations are important, along with a more detailed explanation

2 thoughts on “113 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health – Are You Sure?

  1. Hi Fae,

    Couldn’t agree more about referencing – I try to reference medical journals where I can, but they’re not for everyone. Ditto the repetitiveness, it’s clearly scare campaigning. Like I said in my original post, it sounds as though sugar is going to steal your boyfriend and publicly humiliate you – and that’s if you’re lucky!

    I think the point remains though – sugar isn’t doing your body any favors. For me, giving up sugar has been really good for my own health condition (clinical depression) but it’s not going to be for everyone. Moderation and finding what works for you.

    Go well,


    • *nods* You’re totally right. The whole thing just made me get my ragey pants on, I couldn’t let it go without saying something.

      Good luck with continuing your sugar-free-ness, I hope it works out for your long term 🙂

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