40. You’ll Sleep Will Improve
Do you find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep? If you’re tossing and turning all night long, it might be because you’re eating too much sugar. Those crashing lows from sugar can leave a person feeling sluggish during the day and in need of a nap. Prevention also points out that added sugars trigger a release of the hormone cortisol, and that interferes with sleep.
A diet full of sugar can also affect how the brain releases melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. “A high sugar intake will delay the release of melatonin in the brain, which is essential for the homeostatic control of sleep,” says nutritionist Jenna Hope to Cosmopolitan. “Research suggests that poor sleep may lead to an impaired blood glucose balance which stimulates your desire to consume more sugar.”
41. Lower Risk of Diabetes
Sugar is notorious for causing harmful spikes in blood sugar, obesity and thus, linked to diabetes. If cutting sugar helps a person shed weight (as we previously mentioned), this means cutting sugar in your diet can also help lower the risk of diabetes. But sugar is tied to diabetes in another way other than weight gain. Health.com explains that a diet with lots of fast-digesting carbohydrates like sugar, can affect how much the pancreas releases the hormone that regulates glucose in the blood. An excessive demand on the pancreas can cause the hormone-producing cells to malfunction and eventually lead to diabetes, says David Ludwig, MD, to Health.com.
According to March Alabanza, a Certified Nutritional Counselor and program director of GroundSea Fitness, a detox retreat in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, once a person cuts out sugar, the changes will begin immediately. “In the first couple of hours without sugar, your pancreas will start to produce less [hormone that regulates glucose in the blood] and your liver will also start to catch up on processing stored toxins,” he says to Reader’s Digest.
Alabanza also explains that when it comes to diabetes, the symptoms can take up to five weeks to subside and the process can take longer if you’re already in a pre-diabetes state. A prediabetes state is when your body still produces the hormone that regulates glucose, but it doesn’t use it properly. “The time for most of these symptoms to completely subside can run up to five weeks, at which point one will no longer be a slave to refined sugar.”