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A Twelve Step Program for Sugar Addicts Needed?

The great increase of diabetes and obesity during the past forty years is related to the huge increase in the amount of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in our food and drink. It’s now over 150 pounds per person per year. Even artificial sweeteners prime you to want the feel-good chemicals created in your brain by sugar. Weight loss groups had concentrated on total calories instead of the addicting sugar. Fat consumption is self-limiting as your cells produce hormones that tell your brain to stop eating. Sugars raise insulin so you crave more sugar to get another sugar high.
Years ago when I suffered from anorexia and bulimia, I felt like an alcoholic. When I ate a candy bar, I told myself I would give them up forever so why not have another one now, then another. One was too much but never enough. Later, a high protein diet and fat helped me.
As mentioned in my book, Dr. Schwarzbein, doctors Rachael and Richard Heller, Dr. Rivas and psychologist Julia Ross talk about sugar addiction. Treatments range from high doses of certain amino acids to prescriptions to complete avoidance. The last is easier said than done. Now Dr.Mark Hyman in “The Blood Sugar Solution” says that sugar is a toxin that can cause a fatty liver just like alcohol. The combination of diabetes and obesity results in over 350 billion dollars in medical costs in America each year. He says that one-on-one coaching or else small group discussions can be the best way to help avoid sugars and refined carbohydrate foods
Maybe it’s time for Sugar-holics Anonymous.

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