Sugar addiction: causes, symptoms and treatment

The sugar addiction, as the Addiction to other substances means that the Affected can not do without your drugs, even though you try this be aware of. Sugar creates a feeling of well-being, however, develops a tolerance, as with other addictions so that the person Concerned must always take in more sugar, in order to achieve this feeling.

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The most important facts

  • A regular and high dose of sugar can lead to addiction, because the sugar stimulates the dopamine distribution in the brain.
  • A sugar addiction leads to a vicious circle, since, especially in the case of Depression the initial turns feeling of well-being with a high blood sugar levels adjust quickly in depression.
  • For the amount of sugar consumption, it is indifferent whether we take honey or fruits or sugar-containing soft drinks. For the body sugar sugar.
  • The physical symptoms of Addiction are after a few days of withdrawal is over. Necessary alternative habits, to banish excessive sugar from the life.
  • An Excess of sugar has consequences serious long-term. These range from an increased risk of cancer about tooth decay to a loss of memory.

Who is at risk?

Sugar boosts the production of Serotonin – our happiness hormone – in the brain. Therefore, apply to a people who are suffering from negative Stress, as well as those people who generally have a low serotonin level, as endangered. Women are on average lower Levels of Serotonin to be more vulnerable than men. Due to the increase secretion of Serotonin sugar has an anti-depressive. Under depression people can also belong to the risk groups, which are able to develop a sugar addiction.

Symptoms of a sugar addiction

Symptoms of a sugar addiction can be: secret Snacking, you themselves and their social environment compared to embarrassing. Cravings for sugary foods, and associated with binge Eating, where you plug in slabs of chocolate or gummy bears. Feelings of guilt after consumption.

A typical result of increased sugar consumption, the weight gain is. In the process, you are aware that you are recording the sugar, too many calories, but you can’t make it yet to reduce the sugar intake.

As with any Addiction, is an important feature that you are ashamed of your sugar behavior. For example, you punish yourself for your sugar consumption, by promise, “to do penance” and, for this purpose, for example, sports. Another indication is that you have to hide the sugar-containing food in the apartment, your Partner, your friends and Acquaintances, this is not noticed. Sugar addiction can also lead to sleep disorders and chronic fatigue.

How is it sugar addiction?

Sugar stimulates the exact hormones – Serotonin and dopamine – the our body’s own reward system distributes (in the case of dopamine, this also applies to alcohol). Consequently, we feel like we have accomplished a hard task or close body contact with a man, we like, had, etc. Will activate our reward center regularly by sugar, this can lead to the loss of self-control, which has a dependence on the substance sugar.

Physical effects of a sugar addiction

A durable over-consumption of sugar leads to diseases to slow. Too much sugar is often used for caries and, of course, for the “sugar disease,” Diabetes, is responsible. Also Overdoses of sugar lead to a lack of B-vitamins and years of Hyperacidity in the stomach and intestines – are the consequences of heartburn and problems with digestion.

Eating disorders

A sugar addiction often goes hand in hand with eating disorders such as food addiction, Binge Eating disorder and bulimia. In particular, young people are considered here, for example, as particularly vulnerable, as they compensate for the mental conflicts with sugar-containing food. Bulimia and the doctor – patient relationship go hand in hand with sugar addiction in this respect, often because of the sugar addict for the amounts of unhealthy sugar calories to be ashamed of what you are feeding, and the Eaten-want to get rid of them by secretly running to the bathroom and vomiting.
Binge Eating, so irregular feeding bouts, are often connected with the gobble up of extremely low – calorie and sugar-rich foods, such as cream cakes, chocolate, biscuits or sugar-containing Pudding.

Eating disorders are a vicious cycle. If it becomes all about the food and especially the consumption of sugar, it’s Five before twelve, and it’s high time to. (Image: momius/

What helps with sugar addiction?

First of all, most people in Western countries consume too much sugar, especially in the Form of hidden sugar contained in the finished pizza, as well as to a high degree in Ketchup, children’s milk, fruit juices, and soft drinks, cuts or additionally sweetened. Sugar addicts should check the consumed food products systematically: The content of carbohydrates and the Sugar content are specified in the nutrient table.

By the way: If, in the Food ingredients on a package, fructose, Dextrose, Maltose, glucose, caramel, honey, molasses, corn sugar or corn syrup is given, it is always a Form of sugar.

Also interesting: some of the “natural food” recommended consumption of fruit instead of industrial sugar sugar addict helps very little, since a large Apple contains as much or more sugar than a 0.3 of a glass of Coca-Cola. The sugar content of the fruits is not reduced by the fact that fruits also contain valuable minerals and vitamins. In particular, bananas contain a lot of sugar.

Anyone who has problems with Overconsumption of sugar, no high sugar-containing products, such as, for example sweets or sweeteners recommended to have in the house.

Consequences of sugar addiction

An Excess of sugar over a long period of time has many negative consequences. The clearest consequence of the Obesity. The body converts refined sugar five times as fast in fat, such as complex carbohydrates – Sugar makes you fat. The permanent energy kick of sugar addict also harms the concentration. In children, this manifests itself in the Form of Hyper-activity, in adults over the increased nervousness, coupled with internal unrest. This is particularly consumed for those taking the sugar addict fatal, the sugar at the beginning, in order to compensate for Stress, and now a permanent stress.

An unpleasant consequence of the increased sugar consumption, are sugar of bloating, because amount of sugar that draws the bowel affected. In addition to the flatulence are the result of diarrhea and constipation. The intestinal flora suffers damage and pathogens, such as bacteria, have an easy game. Sugar is also considered as a good nutritional source for the yeast Candida, which can sometimes lead to serious diseases.

When a sugar addict settles to the consumption of sugar, the body’s dopamine production. In addition to the strong urge for Sweets, especially headache, and a irritated reaction to our environment. Another reason, looking for the Sugar to power a vicious circle, that is a high blood sugar level leads to uncontrolled mood swings. The victims are nervous and suffer from irrational Fears. Also, a permanent feeling of dejection can set in. In particular, for depression people suffering the consumption of sugar is a vicious circle, as they try to suppress their depression through the sugar dispenser. If the addictive substances of sugar does not lessen the depression, but it is even worse, increases the risk that the Affected resort to other drugs such as alcohol and alcoholism, immensely. On the long term, even a so-called “sugar-stupidity”, since a high blood sugar level has a negative impact on the brain. So people with increased sugar cut consumption in memory tests comparatively negative.

A high consumption of sugar also promotes cancer, because the longer the sugar takes on a Person, the better the tumor cells multiply and spread. In addition, an Excess weakens in sugar the immune system of the body. A more unsightly side effect is that sugar is destroyed in high doses, the Vitamin C, which favors the spread of viruses and bacteria in your own body.

Sugar diary

In order to find a way out of the sugar addiction, it is helpful to keep a sugar diary, as alcoholics do with their alcohol consumption. The consumers in this diary daily, which sugar-containing products they consume, in the aftermath, even after the respective reasons, such as, for example, “Not known, not thought to ask feeling of well-being, boredom, etc.”,.

Then make a list of pros and cons, what is sugar, it means both Positive and Negative, for you. It is essential that you are absolutely honest to yourself. Because if you admit that you (possibly) are addicted to, you do not need to demonize the sugar, but be open to the reasons why you consume it. So could on the Pro-side, for example, “gives me a good feeling”, “it tastes delicious”, on the contra-side, however, could have entries such as, for example, “become fat”, “remember them bad”, “caries”, etc. listed.

As with other addictions, consumers can find with the help of such a diary, because the Alternatives work and to recognize them in the first place. When the sugar is used, for example, to the stupefaction of boredom, is a walk in the Park or a visit with friends a better Alternative. Devour sugar, because they feel lonely, so it is recommended that you contact others, for example, via interest groups with like-minded people to realize. The Internet offers a lot of options here.

As with any Addiction, you are or you have conditioned yourself to certain patterns of behavior, which you can change. SSe drink, for example, every day two bottles of Cola? Would it not be worth Considering, to substitute the Cola by coke Zero? As you can see, it does not have to be the healthy and organic herbal tea as a replacement, of the results you are looking of Sugar. Or you are one of the people who eat every day in the lunch break at the bakery a piece of cake? How would it be to replace this habit by taking a walk in the lunch break? The most important point for such custom changes to the Act and Do, because our brain is a “creature of habit” and remembers what we do, and triggers at some point the desire for these patterns of behaviour, since it would be satisfied.

A diary gives you an indication of how strong you are suffering from the Addiction. If it is only habits that have crept into your everyday life and you feel no signs of withdrawal if you drop this, has proved to be a more controlled consumption as very helpful. The resignation has, however, a roar in their head, or they are obnoxious, they are Seeking evidence for a physical.

Note that sugar is not a Heroin, the physical withdrawal symptoms go after a few days passed.

In order to detect your sugar consumption and to reduce, it is advisable to keep a sugar diary. Here are the products consumed can be recorded as the feeling of the consumer triggers them. (Image: nenetus/

Acute or impending sugar addiction – Practical tips

If you suspect to suffer from a sugar addiction or are on the verge of, you can initiate quick steps to stop the follow:

Avoid in any case, open sugar, and they are paying increasing attention to the hidden sugar. You can find this in almost all of the finished products as a “good sensor” and taste-makers. Even in a dry wine with a content of nine grams of residual sugar is allowed – this is a whole lot.

Very much less conspicuous and therefore much dangerous it is with sugar, in any Form of Fast Food, as this has a negative impact on our sugar level. You can find sugar in Ketchup, Mayonnaise, buns, the meat of the “Burger”, “Chicken Sticks” and in very many spices. Hidden sugar is found in almost all processed foods, because it triggers together with glutamate, a “Kick” in our brain. The clientele of the castle of chains is formally driven in a dependency. With the exception of coke Zero or Light as well as nothing is sugar-free in a Fast Food Restaurant, so that you can avoid their visits directly in advance. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)