Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about obesity.

How does sugar affect someone’s health?

Though sugar itself isn’t bad for people, consuming too much has become a norm that can cause health issues.

Americans are eating and drinking too much sugar, especially sugars that are not naturally found in foods, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

The only type of sugar the body needs is glucose, which it can make by breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats, according to the NIH.

Studies have found that excess sugar in food can cause obesity and cardiovascular problems, according to the NIH.

For more information about sugar and your health, talk with your physician.

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Source: Mujeeb Siddiqui, DO, Premier Metabolic and Bariatric Associates; Registered Dietitian Laura Vikmanis, Premier Metabolic and Bariatric Associates; C. Joe Northup, MD, Premier Weight Loss Solutions; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center