Health, Activity, & Dietary Balance
At Pinon Family Medicine, we believe in the benefit of healthy lifestyle. Choices of what you eat have an additive effect on your body over the years, and affect your wellbeing, energy, and mood on a daily basis. There are increasingly more studies linking refined sugars and carbohydrates to fatigue, weight gain, low energy, depression, and difficulty with mood control.
Unfortunately, also, sweets tend to be habit-forming. After eating a sweet item a person’s energy and mood may improve temporarily, but due to the metabolism of the sugars, this wears off soon, and increases the craving for a repeat episode. When the individual repeatedly eats sweets throughout the day, the increased exposure to these easily metabolized sugars leads to weight gain, and increases the risk for development of diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Additionally, due to the cyclic nature of the highs and lows associated with fluctuating sugar levels, many patients will eventually develop depressive symptoms, and difficulty with mood control.