Saturday, October 31, 2009
I truly believe that I have an allergy to sugar. (Thanks, TUBBYHUBBY340 for your blog that "sparked" this confession.) I can't eat just a little bit of sugar. Once I take a bite, my body craves more. That's probably from all the years of over-indulging on sugary foods. My pancreas is used to pouring out insulin at the first sign of sugar entering my body, knowing it was going to have to handle a whole lot of it. If I only ate one bite, there was so much insulin in my blood stream that I had to eat SOMETHING to stop the inevitable crash from happening. And what better than more sugar?
Many years ago, I attended a nutrition seminar that was titled “Alcoholism, Diabetes, and Hypoglycemia.” I thought to myself, “What the heck does alcoholism have to with diabetes and hypoglycemia?” Well, I soon found out. The doctor who gave the seminar had a degree in biochemistry. He explained that all three of these diseases – alcoholism, diabetes, and hypoglycemia – are blood sugar disorders. (Yes, alcoholism is a disease, not a lack of self-control.) The doctor showed us the molecular structure of alcohol and sugar. Sugar, in its simplest form, is alcohol.
I attended that nutrition seminar about 15 years ago, and I have looked at refined sugary foods in a different light since then. I think of them as alcohol. Sugar can cloud my thinking as easily as alcohol can.
The family history of women on my mother's side is that most of them developed Type II diabetes. Perhaps coming to the realization that I have an allergy to sugar BEFORE I get diabetes will help me to avoid getting the disease.
For today, I choose not to eat Halloween candy. I didn’t even buy it. I’m looking for a healthier future – free of the family curse of Type II diabetes.