These days, the holiday tradition seems to be eating a lot of sweets.
There's an abundance of delicious cookies, cakes, and candies at
holiday parties or even the office. But overindulging these treats for
the holidays can cause serious, long-term health risks. Here are six
ways holiday sweets and treats can affect your health.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your body begins to resist insulin or the pancreas stops producing enough. This causes your glucose level to rise and build up in your bloodstream. Causes of Type 2 Diabetes include obesity and lack of exercise and poor diet. Overindulging sweets can lead to obesity, which may result in diabetes. If you already have it, eating a lot of sweets will only increase your glucose levels, causing your diabetes to become unregulated and dangerous.
Holiday sweets and
treats contain a lot of sugar, fat, and calories, all of which can lead
to obesity. By overeating during the holidays, you risk obesity and
several health issues that come with it, such as diabetes and heart
disease. Watch yourself over the holidays and be sure not to overload
every plate. Mix in plenty of healthy snacks and beverages, and skip
seconds on dessert.
Many holiday treats are baked with ingredients that are high in cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol in your blood can lead to severe heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attacks. Other risk factors for high cholesterol are smoking, existing heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Adding high cholesterol to your holiday diet puts you at a greater risk for heart attack or stroke.
too many sweets and treats means consuming lots of sugar. Too much
sugar can lead to cavities, and eventually tooth decay. Even a simple
piece of candy, a cookie, or a can of soda can build up sugar deposits
on your teeth, resulting in long-term dental issues. For healthy teeth,
avoid overindulging sweets this holiday season. Brush your teeth
regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss.
As surprising as it might sound, too much sugar can lead to depression. While sugar and carbs give you a boost of energy, it's only temporary. Too much sugar can release stress hormones, leading you to feel down in the dumps.
Massive spikes in sugar levels can also affect preexisting mood disorders, and increase the risk of relapse. If your body is constantly releasing serotonin from a sugar high and then crashing, it may impact your mental health.
much sugar in your system can lead to an overproduction of yeast as
well. The buildup of yeast can lead to an uncomfortable infection. Women
aren't the only ones at risk. Men can also develop an infection. To
avoid this possible risk, moderate the amount of sweets you eat during
the holidays. If you do experience symptoms of a yeast infection, take a
trip to your local urgent care to get back to feeling your best.
six health risks can be avoided by limiting the amount of sweets and
treats you eat this holiday season. Enjoy, but enjoy smartly. How will
you stay healthy this holiday season? Share your secrets in the comments