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Old 12-28-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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franznando HB User

Can someone help me please. I have diabetes Type 2. My problem is that I crave lots of candy and sweets and have a hard time not eating these things. I know I should not eat this way but donít know how to stop because of strong cravings for sugar. I know I will get sicker if I canít find a way to change my habits. I have tried before to eat more healthy but usually this lasts one or two days and then I can't help it and fall back into my old way of eating.

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Old 12-29-2008, 06:33 AM   #2
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Re: sugar

Your body has a blood-sugar "setpoint" - much like a heating or cooling thermostat. When your body is accustomed to having a high blood glucose level, it will prompt you to maintain it by "cravings".

As your average sugar level comes down, you will experience less craving for high-glycemic-output foods.

For some of us, overcoming this is like eating an elephant..... a daunting task which must be done one bite at a time....

Begin by knowing what your 14-day average glucose level is by taking measurements at varying times of the day. 4 times a day is a good regimen.

It takes about 40 days for new actions to become habits. So, set yourself on a program of 3 14-day periods in which you are going to reduce your average glucose to less than 150.

Enlist your doctor to help you on this. Get him/her to prescribe some hypoglycemic medicine for you. Stay close in touch with your doctor and adjust the medicine according to your new 14-day average.

Old 01-05-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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Re: sugar

Can you please explain more abou tthe blood sugar setpoint? Where can i read more about it. Whenever I try to not eat as much sugar, I get sleepy. I feel like the sugar gives me more energy to go about my day. I don't understand b/c I know the sugar is really bad for me b/c I have Diabetes, but I feel better when I eat it.

Old 01-09-2009, 06:24 PM   #4
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Re: sugar

I don't know anything about bs setpoint but I also used to have very strong cravings for sugar. I read this book called Potatoes not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons that I found to be incredibly helpful. In a nutshell, she's done reasearch showing that some people have a certain brain chemistry that creates powerful sugar cravings. I followed the plan outlined in her book that was very helpful to me in reducing my cravings.

I should stress that minimizing the cravings is a gradual process, but once you've accomplished it you have to be especially vigilant to make sure you don't relapse by allowing yourself a "small" taste of something that snowballs into strong cravings.

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