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The average American consumes approximately twenty-two teaspoons of sugar every day, amounting to nearly eighty pounds of sugar each year. The human body is not made to consume such excessive amounts of sugar and consuming too much sugar can actually cause adverse health effects. Sugar is found in many products and people may not even realize how much they are consuming. For this reason it is important to pay attention to the ingredients in your food and eat a healthy, balanced diet free of excess sugar.
Health Effects of Eating Too Much Sugar
Various studies have been done on the effects of consuming too much sugar. Dr. Robert Lustig, of the University of California, in particular has been a pioneer in sugar metabolism research. Dr. Lustig has concluded that the human body can safely metabolize six added teaspoons of sugar each day, though Americans are consuming more than three times that amount. More excess sugar is metabolized into fat, and can lead to chronic metabolic diseases. Some of the effects of eating too much sugar are listed below.
- Metabolic Dysfunction – Consuming too much sugar causes a whole host of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These symptoms can include elevated blood sugar, weight gain, increased LDL and decreased HDL, high blood pressure, and elevated triglyceride levels.
- Liver Damage – Eating too much sugar or fructose has been likened to the effects of consuming too much alcohol. All the excess sugar eating is transported to the liver, causing it to become overloaded and potentially leading to liver damage.
- Weight Gain – Fructose can trick metabolism, causing people to eat more, and develop an insulin resistance. This can lead to weight gain and issues with insulin signaling.
- Increased Uric Acid Levels – Consuming too much sugar can lead to increased levels of uric acid which can be a risk factor for kidney and heart disease. Safe uric acid levels are between three to five and a half milligrams per deciliter.
- Tooth Decay – Eating excess amounts of sugar can lead to tooth decay as the bacteria that causes plaque actually uses sugar as a source of energy.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
One of the most troubling effects of eating too much sugar is its ability to cause liver problems. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can lead to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the same disease that people can get from excessive alcohol consumption. The liver metabolizes alcohol and sugar in the same way. Fructose can also react with proteins causing inflammation of the liver. In addition to causing potentially serious liver problems, too much sugar has been found to cause a whole host of health issues including obesity and chronic diseases. Research has shown that sugar can have an affect on cancer cells, and is also connected to Alzheimer’s disease. Other diseases linked to the consumption of too much sugar include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and more.
Controlling Sugar Intake
In general, sugar is not bad in its natural form, as long as it is consumed in moderation. To cut down on the amount of sugar being ingested, you should avoid processed foods and beverages such as soda. Processed foods often contain added sugar, and refined carbohydrates can actually break down to sugar in the body. It is important to remember that even healthy foods such as fruit naturally contain fructose, so this should be kept in mind when planning a healthy diet free of excess sugar.
More Information on Sugar Consumption and Health
- What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar?
- Damaging Effects of Too Much Sugar in the Diet
- What Too Much Sugar Could Do To Your Heart
- Sugar is a Poison, Says UCSF Obesity Expert
- Quantity of Sugar in Food Supply Linked to Diabetes Rates
- This is Your Brain on Sugar
- Be a Sugar Detective – How Much is Too Much?
- Too Much Sugar Means Too Many Calories
- How Sugar Converts to Fat
- Avoiding Too Much Sugar
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I am one of the dental-phobic persons who has had no major problems in the past. I went 2 years without even trying to find a new dentist. Due to life stresses my TMJ catastrophe required me to find services and suggested several choices. I picked Dental Solutions for it’s location. However, the cleanliness of the office, the peaceful aura, and my immediate sense of trust in the dentist will…
I had two of my wisdom teeth crack and break a few months ago. I’m the type that only goes to the doctor when my arm is falling off and duct tape won’t fix it anymore. So I called this office because my girlfriend goes here and says it’s always a pleasure dealing with them. I called on a Thursday afternoon hoping to get in the following week since all the other places I had calle…
Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from happy after. It was an emergency visit, the staff was professional, courteous and friendly. There was no wait time and everything was explained to me as we were doing it in a way I could understand. G…
Dental Solutions is a very professional, organized and clean establishment… I love how caring the dentist staff are and very much helpful I never wait long which is great. The Dentist and Dentist assistance did an excellent job and might I add quickly.
I had a problem and it was 5 pm. I was leaving at 8 am the next day for vacation. I called the office and they told me to come down and the dentist on duty would fit me in even tho she had a full schedule. She did a great job and fixed the problem. The women on the front desk do a great job, I would recommend this Deptford office to everyone..
A great place to get your dental work done! I think they are timely, sweet and always very welcoming. They take care of their patients and make sure they are fully accommodated.
I was in terrible pain and I called Dr. Bruno’s office to see if I could be seen right away. Soni was able to schedule me with Dr. Bruno the very next day, and I was elated….but still in terrible pain and full of anxiety. Dr. Bruno was friendly when he greeted me, and he was able to put my mind at ease. He performed my root canal, and it was absolutely painless!! I would recommend Dr.…
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to spare. 5 ‘s
Dr. Gacita and his Assistant are wonderful! They put me at ease during my implant procedure. I now have my smile back!
I absolutely love this place. I had a horrible night with my mouth throbbing. I called first thing in the morning next day Karen at front desk was very helpful. She got me right in. Thank you again. Always have a great experience there.
All are friendly, informative, caring and knowledgeable about dental issues. You all work so well as a team. And you make having dental care a much more pleasant experience. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
Dr Gacita is amazing! Very sweet and informative! Super gentle too. The whole office is awesome! They really care about you as a person, not just as a patient. Very up to date as well on latest technology
Excellent patient service and very professional. My anxieties about the dentist were put at ease and I was made to feel very comfortable. I wish I found them sooner! Looking forward to having my smile back!! I would recommend Dental Solutions to anyone.
I had the best care. The dental assistants were excellent! And my surgery was pain free. The doctor called to check on me to see how I was doing. I will definitely return to the office in Media, PA. Thank you so much!!
The office was clean, the staff was pleasant and I was called promptly at my appointment time. The doctor and dental hygienist were pleasant and explained what was being done throughout the x-ray and exam process.
The quality of care is excellent. The dentist is gentle, she reassures me that i will be just fine, she answers my questions and explain everything so i can understand. I was terrified of the dentist, but i have overcome that fear because of the staff and the dentist. I love Dental Solutions
Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience. The staff at Dental Solutions always make me feel relaxed and comfortable.
Very clean and professional. Great hours and the staff from the Dentist to the support staff is very helpful.
I must start by saying that I have a serious fear of dentist. I waited until I could no longer take the pain of my toothache. I read reviews on several different locations and the Bala location had pretty good reviews. The staff were kind, the dentist was awesome and was completely sensitive to my situation. They walked me through the process step by step and gave me options for a treatment plan.…
I have been coming here for 20 years I have always been treated well ,they always inform you of upcoming appointments and have good options for those who don’t have dental insurance . I’m very happy with them and always look forward to my cleanings .
Nurturing, caring atmosphere. Staff is friendly, yet, professional. Doctors get the work done and explain every step in the process. Glad I found this place!
Will always remember how nice everyone was but my dentist was the best
The Hygienst was wonderful and did a great job cleaning my son’s teeth. The receptionists were great too. Thank you!
The office is very efficient in the services that they provide.
This office is awesome! The front desk is so good with scheduling and squeezing you in for an emergency visit. Always great with my payment plans and my dentist Dr.Shah is amazing! He’s super gentle and makes sure I’m totally relaxed before starting work. Every time is pain-free and I walk out like a new person each time!
Liam had his front tooth broken Thursday night, first thing Friday morning he had an appointment. Not only did they fix the tooth to make it look perfect but he said it didn’t even hurt! Great work ,thank you
A very good experience. Very friendly staff from the receptionists that discuss billing and payment to the dental assistant and doctors. I especially like the interaction between doctor and patient. Throughout my procedure the dentist would state what they were doing. In addition, they don’t do procedures not needed. Point in case, during an earlier visit the dentist stated that a particular…
It’s ALWAYS a pleasant visit when dental assistant Alicia is maintaincing my braces she’s so professional and personable. Dr. Bowen the orthodontist is AWESOMENESS too.
Very professional,kind and curtious to me and informative about myself and what I’m going thru. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I would recommend anyone that needs the kind of dental help that they provide to look into it and see how impressed you will be with Dental Solutions. Again thank you so much!!
I really like this dental office the staff really show full concern for you. They are very helpful with your dental problems. The staff are very friendly and make you feel comfortable because sometimes you can have fear when it is time to see the dentist.
Very friendly and dynamic staff
I have been going there for years. The staff are so nice, they make pulling teeth a pleasant experience.
My daughter had her first appointment and everyone was friendly and attentive from front desk to the doctor.
RANDALL family comes there all the time. Family of six everyone is so nice. They even help us even in Last mins. Everyone is so sweet 3 of my family got braces there. Love this place and everyone in it
I very happy with this office very acomendating , everyone always pleasant and I love my reports that I get on my dental care .
Excellent staff, and nice looking office. Came in with my daughter, she liked so much i will probably be switching to this office !!! THANK YOU !
Really had a great experience here. I decided to go to a private dentistry outside the US army and I am glad I did. I was able to be quickly seen upon my first visit thanks to LaKeisha and my dental assistant and hygienist Karen were very informative and made me want to use their services. The same week I actually did and got a deep cleaning which speaks to their flexibility on scheduling. The cle…
Dr Blumrnthal and his assistants are the best! He is such a pleasant and caring dentist who does fantastic work. Best choice I ever made – going to this office! Highly recommend
Dr Bruno has a very kind chair side manner, he put you at ease and cares if your comfortable during the entire procedure, his assistant is also very caring. The atmosphere is professional and clean.. I recommend Dr. Bruno and the staff at the Grant office…
Allure Smith was a great receptionist she help me to get my dental things in order son I was still able to be seen she has a great personalty and was very helpful thank you
Professional, kind staff. They made our teen daughter who fears the dentist feel relaxed and comfortable. Very, very pleased. We’ve been using this practice for a few years now.
Very friendly and personable staff
Excellent dental care from dental hygienist Chris and Doctor Kushal. Came in with a fractured tooth below the gumline which they were able to resolve within the hour! God blessed them!
Very professional and very clean. Also quick service
Overall good service and friendly staff
Everything was great
Every time I come to the dental office they are courteous and professional. I have not had a bad experience there.
Your receptionists are on top of everything and will resolve situations with insurance companies that don’t even know or follow the policies/ coverage that are part of your contract with them.
What an absolutely amazing positive experience. I was terribly nervous before my root canal – from the needles through the entire appointment I was totally pleased. I am pain free. There was no discomfort at all. Everyone was patient with me and took the time and effort to make me comfortable . I believe I have found a new complete dental office. By the by thank you Dr. Bruno.
Prompt service and the staff is very polite
Always a positive experience.
Dr. Bowen and her staff take good care of their patients.
Excellent fast service
Office staff is pleasant and very accommodating.
The staff helped me get over my fear of going to the dentist.
Wonderful service every time
Everyone was very nice and welcoming
Convenient times, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Have not had to wait more than 5 minutes for any of my numerous appointments.
I’m writing on behalf of my mother. I scheduled her an appointment and when she came back all I heard from her ( thank you for finding me this dentist, they are the best. The doctor, and the staff are amazing) thank you all
The the staff are all professional and friendly
How great everyone there treats the paitents.
Chris did her usual excellent job in cleaning my teeth.
Grace, the hygienist, is wonderful.
Everyone there is just awesome and professional
Very professional and customer oriented
10 – I was treated very professionally and with lots of warmth from Dr. Batra and the staff. Plus, I was able to get an appointment and didn’t have to wait – what a pleasure. My examination and future treatment was explained and I developed complete confidence in the practice.
Received an immediate appointment when i was in much pain. Followed up by making an appointment for my husband, a new patient, and he received an immediate appointment. Everyone was so kind.
Mira is excellent . I only go to this office because of Mira. I’m 53 and have been with Mira for about 10 years. No one ever taught me what to do with my teeth and gums before Mira. Mira educated me from the start and made big changes in the way I take care of my teeth and gums. Mira is very informative, hard working, and goes out of her way to be friendly and pay attention to my personal reques…
Dentist does a very good job and is very nice and respectful also.
Dental Solutions is a wonderful establishment, everyone working was nice and friendly. I appreciate the way they handled all my treatment, and questions !!!! THANK YOU! I will definitely be back
Hygienist was great
Welcoming staff, clean facilities and professional service everytime!
I have had years of good experience. The hygienist gives you the most thorough cleaning ever!
Consistent quality care
Chris, my hygienist, is the best! Thank you for being so gentile!
Endodontist Dr. Bruno did excellent job. He has sound knowledge in treating Diabetic patients like. He has lots of patience and clearly explains the problems of a teeth comparing the real life examples.
courteous and pleasant staff
Professional services and received everything needed.
Caring doctor & timely appointments
love the staff and how thoughtful they are with me. they are all experienced and well trained in their field which makes me feel very comfortable while going thru any procedure. also knowing that i can take care of everything i need in one place is a huge bonus.
Always has good availability…makes a root canal painless…very nice dentist and friendly staff….all around great office for dental health.
Very little wait time. Quick service.
The hygienist is kind and gentle! Yay!
I have been a patient for years and have always been satisfied with my care. The front desk staff is efficient and gracious. The doctors and hygienists have been terrific with my oral health.
Fast, courteous service
I came in for a cleaning. The whole process was easy and friendly. I received a reminder for my appointment before it happened. The front desk folks greeted me with a smile as soon as I came in the door. I only waited a couple minutes, then went back with the hygienist, Stephanie. She was very professional and gave me some good tips to improve my daily dental cleaning regimen. She even showed me t…
The tech cleaning my teeth very gentle and answered all my questions about how to take care my teeth in a polite way .
EVERYONE in this office was so helpful, and nice. 10 out of 10 would definitely recommend !!!!!!!!!
Dr. Batra was friendly and professional: she clearly explained my issues and her recommendations without any pressure. Diana took many x-rays and she was quick and friendly. I felt that Mira who deep cleaned my gums was gentle, actually concerned about my experience and getting my gums healthy again. Arleen was the best. A great people personality, plus she was great explaining my dental plan cove…
Great service and friendly staff
Very pleasant personnel.
Very efficient and friendly, office knows me well.
Good customer service and follow up
Love this place got my tooth pulled 24 hours ago by the amazing surgent he was such a wonderful guy made the experience smooth and easy did I mention no pain during or after surgey my mouth feel fine tiny swelling but no pain
Dr. S, Dr. B, Melissa, Barbara, all were so kind, so patient, so wonderful, I cannot thank you enough!
Quick and efficient
Soni is great, along with the rest of staff. I get a friendly reminder by text for appointments. Appointments are on time and my dr is great.
Good staff and doctors- the person who actually cleaned my teeth is awesome. She’s patient and willing to answer questions/ very helpful
Very friendly and professional. The staff help me relax and stay clam during my tooth extraction.
Everyone I encountered was pleasant and helpful.
I had a great experience.I absolutely hate going to the dentist. I am usually very nervous about the procedure as well as the fact that it is usually very expensive, despite having dental insurance. I was calmed down by the very professional and empathetic staff at Dental Solutions (Cedarbrook). I was also informed about all of my out of pocket costs up front. My hygenist and dentist saw me on tim…
Timely, efficient service from friendly staff from check – in through check-out.
Patiently and thoroughly answered all my questions regarding treatments and why. Also great bedside manner!
Everyone was very nice and explained everything to me
Wonderful staff and amazing service!!
I have been extremely happy with the dental work performed by Dr Blumenthal, plus he is an extremely pleasant man. Also, the hygienist – Grace – is fantastic; she is pleasant, meticulous, and cares about the comfort of the patient
Very accommodating. Beautiful work.
Great customer service. Friendly staff
Warm and friendly people that work here. Everytime I come I feel welcomed. Allure is very helpful and nice. I would recommend anyone to come here.
Staff are friendly and quality of service is good.
On time quick perfect i do love it
Convieient location. I was able to get an appointment withing the requested time. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. The staff communicated with me during my visit to advise me as what to expect during my procedure.
They are very friendly, kind and professional and make you feel at ease, they also take the time to explain everything.
Thank you for giving me my smile back.
The way they greet you at the door. Short waiting time they explain the procedure and the cost. Call you to inform you of your up coming appointment.
Extremely careful, polite and considerate.
Good customer service
Service is great. Everyone is professional and friendly.
Timely. Professional (I have the same hygenist each time)
Staff very personable.
They get the job done right away and they are very kind
Very professional staff
Very professional and knowledgeable
A family member referred me and i am very happy that she did. Everyone was friendly and there was no long wait time. I especially liked that i didn’t experience any pain!
The staff is always friendly … courteous… understanding and pleasant..
They were extremely courteous and they were very thourough in my cleaning !
Dr. Bruno made the entire root canal process extremely comfortable. I have already recommended Dr. Bruno to family and friends which is the best review anyone can give.
The Dr. Sandhu and his assistant Jen were very accommodating and very concerned about my dental procedure. They are very professional and friendly. I am happy to be a patient under their care.
The overall experience was excellent.
Dr. Blumenthal gets to the point and gets the job done. My first time visiting the hygienist Maria and couldn’t be more pleased, not only with my treatment and care but with her demeanor. After seeing my last hygienist for 12 years at a previous Dental Solutions office, I thought for sure no one could compare and I was pleasantly surprised. You get the treatment you need and are told the truth.…
The place is so clean and they have good customer service they are friendly specially my doctor she’s nice
I love Dental solutions, the staff is great my dentist is so kind and gentle and they take the time to answer any questions, make you feel welcome and im very comfortable. I must say they take good care of me.
Very friendly environment and great service
I cannot say enough about this facility! They accepted my 91 yr old mom’s insurance—no problem; gave us an appointment for the next day; allowed me to change our follow up appointment twice!; treated my mom with the utmost respect; did an unbelievably super job on her partial; AND we were in and out in 15 minutes (picking up and fitting a repaired partial)! Friendly and attentive staff just to…
Prompt friendly service at a reasonable cost
Great experience! Come over!
Always feel relaxed and welcomed! Great staff, great office!
I am not a fan of the dentist…however after having endured excruciating pain, I had to see a dentist. A family member recommended Dental Solutions! Wow…the office manager was undetstanding, patient and honest. She broke down all my fees and was instrumental in preparing for me an individual treatment plan. The office is state-of-the-art! They were able to accomodate my hectic schedule!…
They were very polite and kind, and my visit was extremely quick.
Great staff, quick, easy and on time.
Everyone was polite and it was speedy service.
A great place to get your dental work done! I think they are timely, sweet and always very welcoming. They take care of their patients and make sure they are fully accommodated.
Dr Blumenthal was excelent in job
Great staff, clean work space