How Sugar Affects the Body from Head to Toe

The overall health of Americans has drastically changed over the past two decades. Americans over the past decades have been faced with more healthcare related issues such as heart conditions, obesity, diabetes and dental caries. These conditions are a huge weight on the insurance companies and also the Americans that are affect by the medical conditions. We have now entered into a new era of convenience and instant gratification which has led to a world of health related problems. Sugar and processed foods are among the top leaders of health related problems.

Looking at what the average American takes in through the mouth is a good indicator of what one’s health may look like. I have spent twenty plus years in the dental world and I am still in shock at all of the dental caries that Americans still have. Even with all of the educational material that is provided dental caries still remain high and most of that is because of the foods that the patients are eating.

Americans are also having more issues with heart disease than we have before. Mostly in part of the processed foods and lack of exercise. The main reason is the fact that everyone’s glued to their cell phone or the television and for the most part lead a sedative lifestyle.

Diabetes cases have also grown over the past years. In the United States we have more kids than ever diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. This also goes hand in hand with the lack of exercise and the amount of processed drive thru food that is being digested by the youth of our nation.

My overall goal is to show the cost of healthcare when sugar is introduced to the body in several different forms for example sodas and processes foods.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. G. Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

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