Your body needs sugars to function. It breaks down complex carbohydrates and simple sugars, like fructose, dextrose, and glucose into glycogen, which are then stored in the liver until they are needed for exerting effort, as in endurance exercise.
However, not all sugars are created equal. While your body needs to maintain its glucose levels to carry you through the day, eating a diet heavy in refined, processed, and added sugars can put a lot of strain on your system, especially your pancreas. If you continue to eat this way and live a sedentary lifestyle, your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes are fairly high and will increase over the years.
Maintaining Stable Glucose Levels
Instead of adding refined sugar to foods and beverages, and eating and drinking foods and beverages that are high in dextrose or high-fructose corn syrup, you can give your body the sugars it needs by eating a high-protein diet that’s heavy on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables have fructose in them, as well as starch and fiber. It takes your body longer to break these down and release them into your bloodstream. That means you feel full longer, and your glucose levels don’t spike and dip. You don’t put the same wear and tear on your pancreas, and you decrease your chances of developing diabetes.
You Can Help Yourself Even More With Exercise
When you exercise regularly, your body will respond more efficiently to the insulin that you produce in response to your blood sugar levels. This will help your body process the foods and sugars you take in, which will further decrease your risk of diabetes.
That’s not the only way that getting enough exercise and eating whole foods with complex sugars will help you avoid diabetes. Maintaining an active lifestyle and avoiding refined sugars will keep you at a healthy body weight, which will also help fight off the onset of diabetes or hypoglycemia.
Better yet (for those with a sweet tooth), if you exercise regularly, you can even indulge on sweets more often. That’s not a carte blanche to go eating all of the candy, ice cream, and cake you want, but when you’re active, your body processes these sugars more effectively, which means that eating them is a lot less likely to cause you health problems down the road.
That said, if you have a choice between a sugary soft drink and an apple or an orange, pick the piece of fruit every time!