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Addicted to sugar

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Robyn8640, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Robyn8640

    Robyn8640 · Member

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    I'm stuck in a very big rut... I had gestational diabetes with my 1st born and again with my second and was told I would probably get it later in life... i did not expect that to be 12 months later! (I think it never went away) My youngest is 6 so I've had T2 for about 5 years now and still can't get my head around it. I'm on meds which they keep changing but that's not gonna help when I still eat crap. I don't know what I'm supposed to eat or not eat and I don't know where to start. I feel like I should know what I'm doing by now but I literally have no idea. I did slimming world and lost nearly 2 stone but put most of that back on. I'm addicted to sugar.. in the chocolate form. they say don't buy it can't eat it but I find myself finding ways to get it. I feel lost and alone (but I know I'm not) and I don't know what to do. I eat chocolate every say and I know I shouldn't but just cant stop myself the wanting for it is so strong I don't understand :'( . is there some sort of rehab?

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  2. AM1874

    AM1874 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Robyn8640 .. and welcome
    Even though you have been diabetic for some time, you have certainly made a good move coming here. Since joining this forum, the folks here have given me so much info, advice and support that I am now much more confident about the journey ahead. So ask your questions and be assured that you will receive the answers that you need. It can all seem uphill to start with but, in my experience, it gets easier .. very quickly.

    You will be aware that here is a lot of conflicting and sometimes confusing information around .. but the key point to take on board is that managing and controlling your diabetes through exercise, diet and testing your blood sugar seems to be the best way forward for many people. For me, committing to an LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) lifestyle and testing 3-5 times a day seems to be working and you'll find that there is a wealth of info, relevant advice and positive support about LCHF on the forum ..

    I have tagged @daisy1 for you and I suggest that you read up on the valuable material that she will soon be sending you. I think that you might also find the discussion on the Low Carb Diet forum helpful .. together with the following Diet Doctor websites, which will give you all the info that you need about carb levels and about what and what not to eat ...
    Low Carb Intro and Information and Low Carbs in 60 Seconds
    BTW: you are not addicted to chocolate .. it's a comfort zone thing. And, most important, you can eat chocolate every day .. it just has to be the right sort - dark, 70% plus cocoa. Many places sell different types eg: Aldi's Moser Roth.

    I'm not sure if you are testing your blood sugar levels, but unless you have been prescribed a test meter and strips by your Doc (unlikely), it is a priority that you get yourself one and, for this, the following websites might help:
    for the SD Codefree meter, which costs £12.98 or:
    who distribute the TEE 2 meter, which is free.
    I have both which I alternate for comparative purposes and I have never found any significant difference between them.

    The costs of testing comes down to the ongoing charges for test strips and lancets. Make sure that you tick the appropriate box on the on-line order form and you won't pay VAT on your meter or strips.
    For the SD Codefree, the strips are £7.69 for a pack of 50 and there are discount codes available for bulk purchases:
    5 packs x 50 use code: 264086 .. cost is £29.49
    10 packs x 50 use code: 975833 .. cost is £58.98
    For the TEE 2, the strips are £7.75 for a pack of 50 .. but there are no discount codes currently available

    I'm testing 3-5 times a day which works out at around £10 to £12 per month for either of the two packages above but, more importantly, I now know what my BG levels are .. and I can now manage them

    Hope this helps
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  3. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Firstly, you have identified your problem, well done. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, you decided to get some advice. And this is where all the advice and encouragement is at.
    Welcome to the group, Robyn. I will tag @daisy1 who will post great advice and information offered to all new members. You will learn a lot over time which will help you take control again.
  4. 13lizanne

    13lizanne Type 2 · Expert

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    Hi there, check out www.dietdoctor.com both the website and videos on YouTube there are several videos about sugar addiction there. Good luck @Robyn8640
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  5. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hello Robyn and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Have a look at the link to the Low Carb Program which could be helpful to you. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will be able to help.


    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 250,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a free 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.

    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. They're all free.
    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why
    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
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  6. Sarah69

    Sarah69 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been diabetics 20 years and I haven't found a cure for not eating chocolate. It's my addiction too, I eat it most days. I wish I could find some help to stop eating it.
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  7. letstalk1

    letstalk1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The more sugar (chocolate) you eat the more you want (crave) it (vicious circle), Do you exercise?
  8. Contralto

    Contralto Other · Expert

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    a cure is to eat 100% baking chocolate. You just can't handle very much of it while ir is what you crave. and then you want less and less
  9. Sarah69

    Sarah69 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No, I work on a busy hospital ward so I'm on my feet 12 hours a day.
  10. Vidgren

    Vidgren Type 2 · Active Member

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    Im also a sugar addict. Havent eaten anything with sugar/carbs since may

    The trick is to stop eating sugar. The less carbs you eat the less you want it.

    Im never eating candy again!

    See yourself as an alcoholic. Once sober you can never ever drink again.

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  11. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I eat chocolate - a couple of squares at a time, and only the high cocoa ones.
    Baking chocolate is very nasty stuff - vegetable fat and sugar rather than the good sort.
    I find that most processed foods are over sweetened to my present taste. If you stop eating sweet stuff then your tastes will change.
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