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Sugar and Pain What is the Relationship

Updated on March 16, 2014

Why is sugar harmful

When you consume a candy bar, the sugar is rapidly absorbed and causes a spike in your blood sugar level. Frequent spikes in blood sugar levels leads to wide spread damage because sugar attacks tissues, cells, and compounds necessary for life. I never knew sugar was causing my flair ups of fibromyalgia until I didn’t eat sugar for a few weeks, then decided to have a candy bar. Holy cow what a difference one candy bar can make. I was literally in agony.

It has been known for a long time that high amounts of sugar in the diet increase advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs, a protein bound to a glucose molecules resulting in damaged, cross-linked proteins.

As the body tries to break these AGEs apart, immune cells secrete inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Depending on where the AGEs occur and your genetic predisposition, they could eventually result in arthritis, cataracts, heart disease, poor memory or wrinkled skin.

Anyone having connective tissue diseases can also feel a great amount of pain when sugar is consumed.

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

When Julie Andrews sang that song, I am more then sure she had no idea what she was talking about. I remember as a child, my mother often masking medicine with sugar, so that we would take it.

From childhood I was in love with sugar. I would rather eat a whole cake in a day, then eat anything that was good for me. My mother filled us with everything that was unhealthy and full of carbs that turn to sugar and destroy cells.

As an adult I have had to curb my sugar addiction and it has not been easy.

Why is sugar addicting

Many scientists suggest that we are primed to desire sugar at an instinctive level as it plays such a vital role in our survival. Our sense of taste has evolved to covet the molecules vital to life like salt, fat and sugar.

Liz Bonnin puts sugar and sweetener to the test

When we eat food, the simple sugar glucose is absorbed from the intestines into the bloodstream and distributed to all cells of the body.

Bizarrely, scientists have found even just the taste of sugar can give our brains a boost. Tests have shown that participants who swill water sweetened by sugar around their mouths perform better on mental tasks than when they gargle artificially sweetened water. (BBC Science)

Our feel good drug could be the worst thing we could do to ourselves. Eating sugar daily is not only putting you are risk for diabetes but also putting you at risk for inflammation and pain.

Kicking the sugar habit

Kicking the sugar habit is not easy and the only real way to do it is just do it cold turkey. There is no such thing such as caffeine of weaning yourself from sugar. It's all or nothing.

When trying to kick the sugar habit that goes for anything on a label that has sugar, corn syrup or any of the other sugars. You also need to not eat fruit during the time of getting off of sugar. All the white carbs are a definite no. Sugar, flour and rice will all turn to sugar after the body starts digesting it.

The only way to truly stop eating sugar is to just stop eating it. On the 3rd and 4th day, you may have the worst headache that you have ever had, but it's the only way to get rid of this monkey on your back once and for all.

Is this nonsense?

Is sugar really more addicting then cocaine? Our brains are hard-wired to find certain things pleasurable, such as eating and having sex. This brain "reward circuitry" makes sure we carry out behaviors we need to survive, said Brad Lander, a psychologist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

"Anything that stimulates the reward pathway is going to be interpreted as something that's necessary for life and needs to be repeated," Lander said.

But many things that are not, in fact, necessary for life can stimulate this reward circuitry, including drugs, sugar, fatty foods, and even behaviors such as gambling and exercise, said Dr. Joseph Frascella, director of the division of clinical neuroscience and behavioral research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The pleasure we get from these substances comes from the release of dopamine in the brain which reinforces the behavior. (Rachael Rettner 2013 Huffington Post)

Is sugar really bad for you

Yes! All those fat free sweets you enjoy are filled with sugar. It used to be determined that high fatty foods were the cause of a lot of people gaining weight but now that everything is made in a fat free version people are just getting fatter. Why? Because they replace the fat with sugar. Fat is what makes food taste good. When taking fat out of products, in order to get a good taste, they fill it full of sugar so that we will eat it.

Should food companies be held accountable for the obesity rate in the United States? Well they surely are not helping however it is up to people to change their life styles and know that sugar is slowly killing them. No one makes you go to fast food restaurants or eat doughnuts or cookies. It is basically up to the individual to stop eating sugar.

If you are having a large amount of pain, that is not controlled by medication, take a look at your diet and see what you are eating. Nine times out of ten, your diet is the culprit of making you sick.

Listen to your body and stop the sugar cravings by totally deleting it from your diet. Once you have detoxed from sugar, then it may be safe to add back in your fruits. It is not an easy task and one that I am well aware of, but it is not impossible to stop. When you are in pain, ask yourself is that cookie worth more pain. If you answer no then throw it away.


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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Yes teaches I agree. I think most people would feel so much better if they did not eat sugar. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am so supportive of your article. When people tell me they have health issues, it is traceable to their diet. Sugar is addictive and causes illness and poor health. In moderation, it is fine, but I use other sources such as stevia to sweeten my foods.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I believe that sugar is really an issue with all medical problems. Be what it may and some people may think it's crazy but I do feel less pain when I do not eat sugar.

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      Kristy LeAnn 4 years ago from Princeton, WV

      I have a lot of health problems (depression, constantly tired, I'm overweight, gallstones, PCOS) but I always feel better when I cut sugar out of my diet. But unfortunately it really is addictive and I end up craving it like crazy and eating it again. But I feel better when I don't eat it. I have a lot more energy too. Honestly, the more I read about it and research I'm starting to think that excess sugar is the root cause of a LOT of a health problems.