Sugar and Your Hormones : What’s the Connection ?
It is no secret that certain unhealthy habits are more innocuous than others. Unfortunately, some eating patterns also pose more health hazards than many realize. In line with this, in recent years, there has been much talk of the dangers of having a sweet tooth: studies have repeatedly shown that sugar consumption can radically alter your mood, stifle your energy, and set in motion a ripple effect throughout your immune system.
After all, sugar – which can be highly addictive – can increase your production of fat, cause insulin resistance, and, in extreme situations, even lead to Type II Diabetes.
Today, most women across the Middle East have a sweet tooth buried inside of them. And their most intense sugar cravings tend to kick into full force when they are experiencing Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms. This occurs as a result of cortisol levels rising and serotonin levels dropping – which in turn sparks hormonal fluctuations that trigger a hard-to-resist appetite for foods high in sugar.
So, naturally, instead of curbing the urge to eat sugary treats, most women ‘PMSing’ simply allow themselves to indulge in their favorite desserts. What they don’t know, however, is that consuming too much sugar can actually seriously disrupt their hormones and further worsen some common PMS symptoms – including fatigue, irritability and weakness.
“Most women in this region are not entirely aware of this but there is a strong correlation between high sugar intake and hormonal imbalances,” explains Dr. Eman Kasim from the Saudi Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (SOGS). “And it all boils down to insulin, which is a powerful hormone – made by the pancreas – that your body uses to store fat and energy. Too much sugar consumption can make your insulin levels skyrocket, and thus lead to hypoglycemia, a condition that exacerbates PMS symptoms by causing shakiness, dizziness, headaches, unclear thinking, and nervousness.”
Dr. Kasim also added, “That is precisely why leading feminine hygiene brand Always has long promoted the importance of curbing sugar cravings especially during PMS. It is the best way for women to feel as comfortable as possible all month long – even when they are ‘PMSing’.”
*By arrangement with Always Arabia