Your kidneys are giant filters that work throughout your life to help keep you alive. Every moment, blood flows into them, where toxins, nutrients, minerals, and blood plasma are filtered.
The kidneys then remove the waste as water or urine and retain everything that is useful.
If these filters do not work efficiently, your ability to filter harmful toxins will be impaired. There can be several reasons for this.
Today we are going to examine the surprising role of excess sugar in affecting your kidneys.
Sugar, particularly in its refined form, is a staple in modern diets and is found in a wide array of processed foods, beverages, and sweets.
While sugar is a source of quick energy, its overconsumption has been linked to various metabolic disorders, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension.
Firstly, high sugar intake can lead to obesity, a condition characterised by excessive fat accumulation. Obesity increases the workload on the kidneys, forcing them to filter more blood than normal.
Secondly, excessive sugar consumption can induce insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that facilitates the uptake of glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells for energy.
When cells become resistant to insulin, blood glucose levels rise, and the kidneys must work harder to filter and excrete the excess glucose.
Third, elevated blood pressure exerts additional pressure on the blood vessels in the kidneys, which can damage their delicate filtering system.
Over time, this can lead to a decrease in kidney function and, eventually, kidney failure.
So while many of us believe that excess salt can lead to harm, surprisingly, excess consumption of sugar can also lead to a chronic kidney condition.
I see this regularly with the people I meet. They have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excess weight.
They have been trying to manage this with medication. But in the long run, the kidneys, not the high sugar, become the problem.
Unfortunately, our body is interconnected.
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