The lure of a sweet afternoon snack escapes almost no one. After a delicious meal, it goes without thought to also have dessert, and in a perfect world, a doughnut a day would keep the doctor away. But as much as we love sugar, it’s not too kind to us in return. Aside from not being able to fit into your favorite pair of jeans or having to schedule dreaded dentist appointments, one of the scariest risks of a sweet-filled diet is something called insulin resistance.
Never heard of it? We’ll give you the lowdown on insulin’s role in your body:
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of sugar that goes into your bloodstream, aka, your blood sugar levels.
Why is it important?
Insulin basically acts as a sugar gatekeeper. It helps break down the food you eat for just the right amount of sugar to get into your cells and provide your body with energy.
What does this have to do with eating too many sweets?
If you’re eating too much sugar, your body starts working overtime and produces way too much insulin. When this happens, insulin goes on strike and stops gatekeeping. Now, none of that energy is getting into your cells, and without energy your body won’t want to keep working.
What’s a sugar lover to do?
Everything in moderation! Eating fresh, real food that isn’t processed or manufactured and working out regularly to maintain a healthy weight can keep your body’s insulin working correctly.
So, whether it’s saying no to that cupcake or swapping soda for water, a cleaner, healthier lifestyle will help reduce your risk one day at a time!