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Old 03-20-2019, 11:42 PM   #21
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I have type 2 diabetes and I am also addicted to sugar,I have got to stop having binges on sweets,chocolate,cakes,doughnuts and ice creme.
It is a habitual addiction that is making me really really ill.
I have no control and it is costing me my health.Has any one here had a sugar addiction that they have succeeded in ending and how did you do it?
Hi Marylin. I crave sugar too. So I've made the following substitutes:

Instead of hot coco --> chocolate flavored tea
Intead of apple cider --> apple cider flavored tea
Instead of doughbuts --> Bagel with cream cheese sprinkled with cinnamon (it's quite satisfying!)
Instead of frosting on strawberry shortcake --> Greek yogurt with strawberries
Instead of milk shake--> Coconut milk smoothie with fruits and veggies
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P.S. It's my mouth and not my stomach that craves sweets so different flavored teas, gums, and sugar-free candies have also been good substitutes.
I'm pre-diabetic so I need to be careful too.
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Thanks for the good substitutes suggestions folks.I am failing miserably though,I used my birthday as an excuse,this week had chocolate brownie and ice creme twice,ate shortbread biscuits and a snickers bar,all sugar laden,this is very bad news.Gotta get back to 100% sugar free.My birthday is Saturday,after that no more excuses.
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Thanks for the good substitutes suggestions folks.I am failing miserably though,I used my birthday as an excuse,this week had chocolate brownie and ice creme twice,ate shortbread biscuits and a snickers bar,all sugar laden,this is very bad news.Gotta get back to 100% sugar free.My birthday is Saturday,after that no more excuses.
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Older thread - how's it going?

I find the more sugar I eat the more I want. I joke it unleashes the sugar monster. I have found cutting it out completely is the best way for me.

I notice a few posts mention snacking on protein. I tend to like a handful of almonds (you can roast with paprika for more flavour), and my go to is oat cakes, I have those when I get that cookie urge with a cuppa.

It's weird but when I cut it out I don't even crave it anymore.
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I fell off the wagon for months , my mum was ill and I was focused on running round after her and neglecting my own needs. I
was eating a lot of chocolate and cakes and sugary junk, it has done me in and made me feel ill. So I want to eliminate sugar and have been doing better these last
three days. It is easier if we eliminate sugar completely cos the more you have as you mention the more you crave.
Nuts are a good snack as you suggest.
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Last year when I was a hspital doctor I had a patient with Type 2 diabetes and his blood glucose had been so high that it caused him recurrent cellulitis, and sometimes sepsis so dangerous that he nearly died had it not been for IV antibiotics and a very gifted macrobiologist

And then after quite some conversation with him that I discovered his diabetes healthcare clinician had failed to warn him of his negligence to factor in his carbohydrate consumption. All he was told was to watch his sugars. "Sugars, sugars, sugars". Little wonder why his blood glucose had attracted even sepsis!

I tressed that he MUST give up all sugars, including chocolate. Thankfully he was so frightened of returning to hospital that the scare enabled him to be so strong willed enough to give up chocolate and all sweet things. And it can be done, because that patient had the courage to.

He kept a food and blood glucose diary, along with his medicines which he filled in every day. He's been cellulitis-free for 5 months now; I am so proud of him.

There are sweeteners such as candarel which contains sucralose. Sprinkled on porridge oats (cooked) for breakfast, this particular sweetener emulates the taste of sugar, yet, 1 teaspoon of it (0.5g) contains just 2 calories - instead of 1 teaspoon (4g) of sugar per teaspoon yielding 16 calories.

Glucose from sugars in the blood literally adhere to red blood cells which in turn attract bacteria: hence recurrent cellulitis! I urge anyone who has sweet cravings to cut down on their sugars, especially those with Type 2 diabetes. And type 1, which hardly goes without saying.
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Here are some clearer warnings about hyperglycemia.

Hyperglycemia means when your blood glucose level rockets in your body to become dangerously high!

Hyperglycemia is a common circumstance of diabetes, but through medication such as measured doese of insulin, exercise and careful meal planning, you can keep your blood glucose level from going too high. Doing this will enable you have a healthier lifestyle and decrease dangerous side effects that could even lead to a painful death.

Keeping your blood glucose levels in the recommended ranges throughout the day will help you avoid future complications of diabetes. Here are some examples:

Eye damage leading to possible blindness

Stroke

Cardiac arrest (heart attack) or other cardiovascular complications

Kidney damage

Nerve damage, particularly in the legs affected by the vascular system ...leading to...

...Diabetic ulcers in your legs, particularly the lower areas (near your ankles) which will lead to wounds taking a longer time to heal - during which time could attract bacteria to enter the ulcer, thus causing cellulitis or even sepsis, both of which could killers if not treated quickly in hospital using anbiotics by IV.

However, if you constantly maintain your blood glucose levels, thus avoiding hyperglycemia, you then reduce your risk of all these complications that could otherwise put you in hospital! Long term hyperglycemia can cause painful leg ulcers.

I implore those with either types of diabetes to be wary of hyperglycemia. Buy a book on diabetes to help you learn what foods are good and what food and drink you should avoid. Some books even have useful recipes.
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