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I'm allergic to sugar - there, I admitted it.

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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KPMAMA82 11/1/2009 5:18PM

    Powerful information! Thank you for sharing!

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TRACKRBP 11/1/2009 3:14PM

    Interesting...I never knew that there was a link...I'm going to read more about this. I am totally in the same boat as you -- where I find it way too difficult to stop at one cookie/chocolate/anything sweet.

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TERI99 10/31/2009 11:22PM

    This is interesting. I wish you all the best in avoiding diabetes. It is a nasty disease, and working to ward it off is much better than dealing with it later. Good for you!!
And I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone and wrote this blog. It took me awhile to "venture out" into this community. I'm amazed by all the support and so glad I did!

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DIVAGIRL655 10/31/2009 3:52PM

    Thank you for the information. I have a daughter with hypoglycemia and a father with diabetes. So much in common but so different. I never thought of the three together that way but now I have another motive to avoid sugar. Keep up the great job!!!!

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IUHRYTR 10/31/2009 2:45PM

    Truly interesting. emoticon Keep up the good attitude. -- Lou

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BEAMISH7 10/31/2009 2:32PM

    Interesting. I know there is a huge correlation between depression and acoholism - the self medicating thing and my doctor has said that sleep apnea, depression, obesity also have correlations.

Keep you the good work. You WILL break the pattern.

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BREN4376 10/31/2009 2:27PM

    Keep up your great job! Thank you for the info.

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