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Hello I am new here. This is my first post.

I have a life long addiction to sweets. I have tried many times to overcome it but I always fail. My teeth can show the damage it has done to me. I need work and am getting it.

At 48 I have been working out with people in my town. I quite smoking almost 4 years ago. But my addiction to sugar is something I can't win YET.

I am starting to worry. I am always tired so I need the sweets to make me feel normal again. I urinate a lot recently. I think I just got a yeast infection and I get tingly burns in my foot once in a while. I pray to God I don't have the beginnings of type 2 diabetes.

I have been checked in years past and I always came out negative.
 

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OneMoreSoul, welcome to our community! You definitely need to see a good diabetes doctor. preferably an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). If you are diabetic then you MUST stop eating sweets and you must eat low carb food to avoid the terrible complications that diabetics tend to eventually have when they refuse to take care of themselves. I have been diabetic (Type 1) for 63 years and I am healthy because I use very tight control. You will have to use tight control if you are diagnosed with diabetes. Good luck to you!

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Welcome One More Soul...
I am a newbie myself and this is my first post.
You really do need to see an endocrinologist ASAP and have a Glucose Tolerance test taken. This will assess if you have diabetes or not.
But No matter what the outcome..you MUST avoid sugar and most carbs. I am prediabetic...and had what is called Syndrome X. My cholesterol levels were high, my total cholesterol was 385 at one point, I was 60lbs overweight and according to my BMI, I was obese and my fasting blood sugar was in the 90 to 160 range. I made a resolution last New Years to lose the weight and lower my blood sugar. Well, now it's exactly one year later and I've lost 50lbs and my fasting blood sugar range is 80 to 110. I still have to watch what I eat and I still have to avoid sugar but I know now that my blood sugar is normal, and my weight is normal and my cholesterol dropped to 209.
I know it's hard. Sugar is extremely addictive. I found quitting smoking was easier for me than breaking this sugar addiction. My mouth still waters everytime I see someone eating ice cream or cake, etc..., but when I see someone smoking I have no craving at all for a cigarette. Whenever you get a craving for something sweet, think of the consequences and how scared you are now of becoming diabetic. Also, exercise helps a lot with cravings.
Some supplements you might want to take are Chromium Picolinate, Biotin and all the B vitamins, Fenugeek, and Alpha Lipoic Acid. These will help stabilize your sugar and help with cravings.
Also, avoid starchy vegetables and bread. Read your labels. Shop the perimeters of the supermarket and buy plenty of fresh meat, fish and fresh vegetables. Avoid processed meats and foods and prepackaged foods, they contain too many starches, sugars, fillers, preservatives, and chemicals.
I wish you much luck. We're all in this together and are here to help each other, so please let us know how you're doing. Above all, say goodbye to sugar.
 

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Hello Rosebud! That is an excellent post!!!!! Thank you so much for joining our site and helping One More Soul. You are doing really well yourself, congratulations! I am looking forward to your upcoming posts/threads. welcome aboard!

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[I am always tired so I need the sweets to make me feel normal again./QUOTE]

Hi again OneMoreSoul...
Happy New Year!!
In my previous response to you I forgot to address what you said about being tired and needing sugar to make you feel normal again. What you're experiencing is very much a part of your addiction. Carbs and sugars will always make you feel tired and in need of a nap after you consume them making you think you need more sugar to perk you up again. After breakfast, which consisted of a cheese danish and coffee on my way to work in the morning, I felt tired, worn out and could barely keep my eyes open by mid morning. Then, lunch time came and I'd have a sandwich consisting of bread and processed cold cuts, a bag of chips on the side and diet soda (as if the DIET soda would do any good..LOL). A half hour to an hour later I'd be ready for a nap and had trouble keeping my eyes open while sitting at my desk. I never realized that it was the carbs and sweets that were spiking my blood sugar, then my blood sugar would drop and make me feel very tired later. I used to do the same thing you're doing...eating more sugar to get that "rush" again.
Since I started my diet a year ago and stopped my consumption of carbs and sweets, I have more energy than I've ever had. I go all day long now non-stop without feeling like I need a nap in the middle of the day. I'm raising my 5 year old grandson now and I'm much more active with him than I was with my own kids 20 years ago.
Try the Atkins Diet. It does work and you will feel a difference. Many people still criticize him and I used to as well, till I realized how right he was. His diet will make a difference if you follow it correctly, so pick up one of his books and begin from there.
Make this one of your most important New Year's resolutions. Here's to your good health!!
 

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Hi Richard...
Thanks for the warm welcome. I look forward to helping people through my knowledge and experiences as well as learning from people through their knowledge and experiences.
Kudos to you as well for dealing with this disease for so long and doing so well. You're so right about what you said in your profile about having a disease such as diabetes makes you eat and live healthier. I was never sick and went along my merry way, until I was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago. I am a six year survivor and started eating and living healthier since my bout with the disease in 2003. I made my decision to NOT fall prey to diabetes last year and am glad I did. Also, cancer cells thrive on sugar, so my diet is critical to my survival of the cancer as well as to ward off the diabetes.
 

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Rosebud, I live in Kingston, NY, not far from NJ.

Are you a nurse or health professional of some kind? Your posts sound like you are. How did you pick up all this knowledge? I love reading your messages. I hope you don't mind me asking theses questions.
 

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No Richard, I'm not in the health field in any capacity. My older daughter is studying to be a nurse and my younger daughter wants to become a child psychiatrist. I, on the other hand, just do a lot of reading and research. Since I was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in 2003 I do a lot of reading with regard to my health. I had chemo and surgery, but later found out that chemotherapy ruins the immune system and that is why cancer returns a 2nd time years later and usually kills. I believe now that nature has provided us with the means to heal ourselves and ward off disease. So I'm doing all I can toward that goal.
I live in rural west central NJ about 29 miles east of Easton, PA with my husband, younger daughter and my 5 yr old grandson I know where Kingston is, I have a friend who used to live in Newburgh and now lives in Marlboro.
 
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