Q: I am a type 2 diabetic on medication — metformin and Glucobay. If I go on an occasional sugar binge, will I suffer from any serious immediate side effects, e.g., a stroke or a heart attack? And will there be any long-term damage? See the link below for the entire answer...
http://www.everydayhealth.co m/diabetes/type2/managin g/specialist/getaneh-dia betes-sugar-binge.aspx?x id=nl_EverydayHealthMana gingDiabetes_20100929 > Answer: The seriousness of the damage depends on how frequently you go on a sugar binge, the quality and quantity of the sugar-containing foods, how muc
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cravings getting the best of you,? Before you reach for that comfort food grab a carrot or apple, if possible wait until you've eaten your 5 servings of fruits/veggies , They provide bulk and will reduce your desire.
Often when we binge all needed foods get set aside causing us to continue to binge do to empty stomachs, and fluctuating sugar levels.
I always have a little (60 calorie) carton of fat free, sugar free yogurt available. The little cartons will stay fresh outside of the fridge for a few hours, so I'll even pack one in my purse. One little serving packs enough protein to keep me full for a couple of hours - preventing dangerous binges later on. Try it, it works!
I am an emotional eater, when I am in a binge mood. I now realize that I can stop and think okay what am I upset about, or why am I feeling bad about myself? Once I do that I can step away from the food, and feel really good and positive about myself. I didn't binge and I realize another trigger that I can watch for in the future. This also works for meal choices, am I really hungry or is it just that time of day? This very empowering to me.
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