Beat Your Sugar Habit

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: General Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The dangers of excess refined carbohydrate and sugar consumption are downright endemic in our society. Sugar causes a myriad of health concerns from obesity and diabetes to high blood pressure levels and cardiovascular problems. Excess sugar is even a major culprit in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain.

As Dr. Sinatra has warned in lectures, books, newsletters, e-letters, and blogs, elevated blood sugar stokes inflammatory processes that fuel disease. In fact, his concern for the overconsumption of sugar is what led Dr. Sinatra to co-author Sugar Shock in 2006 with Connie Bennett.

Dr. Sinatra also recommends Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fair Winds Press, March 2010), the newest book from one of Dr Sinatra’s “top docs,” Jacob Teitelbaum, MD.  In the book, Dr. Teitelbaum reveals four types of sugar habits and their hidden causes. “Understanding your sugar addiction type, you can take steps to beat it and in the same stroke improve your overall health,” says Dr Teitelbaum. “Knowing the type of sugar addict you are also helps to solve many other chronic medical problems.”

By understanding your metabolic makeup, you are more likely to succeed in kicking your sugar habit. See if you recognize yourself as one the types Dr. Teitelbaum describes:

  • Type 1. Sugar addiction driven by fatigue. This is characterized by being hooked on so-called “energy drinks,” which are in reality energy loan sharks.
  • Type 2. Sugar addiction driven by adrenal exhaustion. This is when your body's stress handlers (the adrenal glands) are exhausted by the stresses of modern life. It is characterized by intermittent feelings of “feed me now or I'll kill you!”
  • Type 3. Sugar addiction driven by yeast/Candida overgrowth. In addition to fatigue and sugar cravings, this is often associated with digestive problems (irritable bowel syndrome/spastic colon) and chronic nasal congestion or sinusitis.
  • Type 4. Sugar addiction driven by depression and anxiety caused by hormonal shifts. These include PMS, perimenopause and menopause in women, and andropause (testosterone deficiency) in men.


The best part of his down-to-earth approach is that Dr. Teitelbaum doesn’t give you some insurmountable goals to achieve. He doesn’t wasn’t you to obsess about it! Rather, he shows you how to simply make sugar your dessert, instead of the main course!

For a good chuckle, and an introduction to the four sugar addiction types defined in the book, check out the animation promo on YouTube.

And for more information on proper nutrition or other health concerns, visit Dr. Sinatra's Web site.
 

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