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A 34-year-old female asked:

Can a person be addicted to sugar? when i try to cut out sweets, i feel crummy and crave them even more. how can i cut down w/out feeling like that?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Rebound: Cut down gradually so your body will adapt. A similar situation can occur when people stop smoking: initially they often feel crummy. In general, it such situations the body likes gradual changes. Take one step at a time and you will get there.
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 32 years experience
Yes.: It may be a sign of diabetes. Please check with your physician.
Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Look out for anxiety and depression as cause of sugar craving. Prolonged fasting and hypoglycemia can also be factors. And boredom. If you are overweight you can switch to healthier sweets such as fruits and dried fruit bars.
Sep 2, 2013
Dr. Alvin Stein
Dr. Alvin Stein commented
Pain Management 60 years experience
cravings last for 2 minutes at a time when they come . Fight it off for a few days and stay away from foods you crave. a food you crave is a food you have an allergy to. This will show up on a properly done IGg food allergy test and can give you the guidance to resolve the problem.
Sep 2, 2013
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, you can be addicted to sugar. There are chemical neurotransmitters and hormones that make people crave carbohydrates in particular which simples sugars and starches are digested to quite easily. This is particularly common in people that sleep less than 6 hours nightly and under stress/anxiety. Small meals heavy in protein and avoidance os simple carbs using more complex carbs can help.

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