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High Sugar Consumption Symptoms

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author image Derek Buckner
Derek Buckner has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in diet, nutrition and general health. He has been published in "Today's Dietitian," "Food Essentials" and "Eating Well Magazine," among others. Buckner is a registered dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food science from Drexel University.
High Sugar Consumption Symptoms
That afternoon soda could be what's making you feel tired. Photo Credit soda and cheeseburger image by Sandra Henderson from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

You may not think twice about drinking an extra soda or having a candy bar right after a meal, but the extra sugar that you consume may actually leave you feeling more tired. Even when you consume safe amounts of sugar, the energy boost you get from it is only temporary. If you constantly feel the need to consume extra sugar, talk to your health care provider: it could be a sign of something serious.

Frequent Urination

Consuming a lot of sugar can make you urinate much more frequently than you're accustomed to. Your body, especially your kidneys, know when your body has had too much of one thing, including sugar. Your kidneys will begin to work much harder than they regularly do to filter and remove sugar from your system by making you urinate. You urinate more frequently, and you will notice that you urinate in larger amounts than you do on days when you don't have excess sugar.

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Extreme Thirst

When you consume extra sugar, you may become extremely thirsty. Since your kidneys detect the excess sugar and work harder to eliminate sugar from your system, you will become very thirsty from urinating so much. When your body loses a lot of fluid, it's only natural that your body wants you to replace any lost fluid, which it does by making you drink more.

Fatigue

You would think that consuming extra sugar would give you more energy, but it actually makes you tired. When you consume too much sugar, your body is unable to use it properly. So the excess sugar leaves you with no additional energy while taking away from your natural energy reserves.

Diabetes

If you're consuming too much sugar on a regular basis, you could be setting yourself up for diabetes. Your pancreas either will not produce enough insulin to process the sugars you consume or your body will lose its ability to use insulin effectively. This can increase the likelihood of becoming dependent upon diabetic pills or insulin injections; both can be costly. Ironically, a diabetic condition can also cause you to unintentionally lose weight, since your body will cannibalize protein and fat tissue if it cannot use sugar for energy. If you think your sugar intake is adequate but constantly have high glucose levels, you could already be diabetic. Seek a proper diagnosis from a licensed health care provider. Your physician or a dietitian can help you make necessary diet changes to ensure healthy eating habits.

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