Type 2 Diabetes - About Sugar Addiction!

Chocolate in wrapper labeled too much sugar, too much fat
By Beverleigh H Piepers
Sugar is highly addictive for several reasons... and it's true, too much sugar is bad for your health. Here are just a few reasons why you should reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.

If your diet is high in sugar, your problems can include:

  • migraines,
  • depression,
  • high triglyceride levels,
  • low levels of good cholesterol,
  • bad eyesight,
  • heart disease,
  • gout,
  • arthritis,
  • osteoporosis,
  • multiple sclerosis, and
  • Type 2 diabetes.

When you eat a food containing high amounts of sugar, it boosts your serotonin levels. This gives you a euphoric feeling for a short time... but it soon subsides. Then you feel tired, lethargic and fatigued: it feels like you have "crashed." The euphoric feeling can last minutes or hours, so there's no way to predict when it will subside.

Having a sweet tooth brings about cravings for sugar and leads to addictions, in much the same way as cigarettes and alcohol do. The more sugar you eat, the higher the tolerance becomes, so you eat more to achieve the same super feeling you experienced at first.

An average person in the U.S. consumes approx. 132 pounds of sugar a year. This figure is down from 150 pounds in 1999, which is positive but still needs to drop lower to make a significant difference. Back in 1700, the figure was only 4 pounds.

More than half of the sugar comes from sports drinks, fruit drinks and soft drinks. The rest comes from candy, flavored milk, cakes, cookies, cereal and ice cream, not to mention sauces such as tomato and teriyaki. Food manufacturers know sugar is addictive and it also adds flavor... which is why they add it to many foods.

The recommended daily allowance of sugar is 7% of your daily calorie intake. This equates to 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. However, this figure is so easy to ignore when a standard soda contains 8 to 10 teaspoons. Thousands of people drink more than one can per day on average.

These five symptoms will tell you if you're actually addicted to sugar:

  • do you crave sugar even when you're full?
  • do you feel guilty after having something high in sugar but soon after that you do it again?
  • have you tried to cut back on sugar numerous times... but failed each time?
  • do you create excuses to explain why you cheat?
  • do you tell yourself you can't quit because you have other major health problems such as Type 2 diabetes or obesity, which completely overwhelm you?

If your answer to most, or all of these questions is yes, then you have a serious sugar addiction and you need to "cure" it. To do this, you must first speak to your doctor. There are processes that will help you reduce your intake of sugar on a permanent basis, provided you make up your mind to follow the steps. It's a journey that is well worth it!

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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