THE HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF EXCESS CARBOHYDRATES IN THE BODY

Carbohydrates is a vital food class which the body needs to provide energy, and to feed the brain in d form of glucose. Most of the food we take in today has a high concentration of carbohydrates, hence the tendency to develop complications arising from excess carbohydrates in the body.

In view of this, proper attention needs to be given to what we take in as food. At this point, it is necessary to understand what and how complications could arise from excess carbohydrates in the body. Excess carbohydrates in the body as glucose is converted to glycogen and stored in the liver and muscle fibres. This glycogen when it becomes excess is converted to fat and stored in various fatty tissues and organs in the body by the effect of the hormone insulin.

The excess when too much for the insulin to cope with may lead to high glucose level in the blood which invariably results in obesity or a condition known as diabetes mellitus. Hence to avoid this, carbohydrates must be taken in moderation as part of an adequate diet.

Contributed by Doctor Chuks

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