Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:46

Sugar and Your Feet!

Normally, I try to behave when it comes to sugar intake, and not over-do it.  However, coming off of the holiday weekend, with all these extra sweets around… Well, I may be consuming too much sugar- I admit!  All these cupcakes, cakes, chocolates and candies are way too tempting and have been finding their way into my belly way too much the past few days!  Well, if you are guilty of being a sugar glutton, too, read on!  Not only is too much sugar not so great for our waistlines, it also can affect your feet!  Who knew??

Apparently, some foods- the ones that contain a lot of sugar (aka- candy, cake, brownies, etc) yes, all the yummy yummy treats I for one, adore- they can cause inflammation in our bodies!  And, unfortunately, inflammation can impact the health of our feet.  So, it is important to realize that what we put into our bodies makes completely affects us.  Certain foods can increase chemicals in our bodies that cause tissue inflammation.  Many common foods in the American diet encourage inflammation, especially sugar, refined grains, and trans-fats found in many baked goods and junk foods.  Other culprits are: the saturated fat in red meat, the omega-6 fats found in many commonly used vegetable oils, such as corn, sunflower, and soybean oils. 

The inflammation that these foods cause can appear in your feet in the form of plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot or heel.  Too much sugar intake can also affect your feet in the form of peripheral artery disease and diabetes.  Each of these conditions can harm your feet by damaging arteries that bring blood to your lower extremities.  So, if you are diabetic, you really need to be careful about your sugar intake.

So, writing this article has made me want to try to control my sweets consumption and try to turn a blind eye to all the treats around my house right now!  How about you?  Unfortunately, too much sugar has a lot of bad repercussions throughout our bodies, even in our feet.  If your feet need some T.L.C., give Dr. Eric Abrams a call.  He has two convenient Central New Jersey locations for you to visit for any of your foot needs. 

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