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how can too much sugar affect the heart?

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Sugar: Heart Disease: Excessive and rapid intake of sugar, as occurs when drinking sugared drinks, causes Insulin spikes which cause the lining of blood vessels to form plaques (blockages) that cause the organ to malfunction eg heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, leg pain &nerve damage. Low glygemic index foods release sugar slower, so the blocking effect is limited.
Dr. Gerald Neuberg
Cardiology 38 years experience
Different ways: Our metabolism wasnt designed for it. The pancreas has to release extra Insulin & may fatigue, risking diabetes. The Insulin drives sugar into storage (weight gain), lowers blood sugar, causing more cravings, a kind of addiction. High Insulin & sugar may cause inflammation which promotes vascular disease. Obesity also raises heart risks. Complex carbs (fruit, veg, whole grains) are much healthier.

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A 23-year-old female asked:

Everytime i eat a sugar kind of candy my heart starts pumping irregular really fast an hard what could it possibly be ?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Side effects: For some people, excessive sugar consumption is not just a long-term problem; a few individuals experience unpleasant side effects, such as elevated heart rate, immediately after eating a sugary meal. Your liver then uses the glucose for energy, converts it to glycogen or releases it into your bloodstream, where it can elicit a variety of physiologic effects, including a rapid heart rate

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