Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A sweet update

My sugar has been running a bit high the last week. In the morning it is about 130. I have been a little sloppy, so I'm tightening up, and see what happens.

I've been missing my vitamin doses, and have developed a habit of taking a hot chocolate every night. That stopped today. And I have been having too much fruit late. I'll see what happens in the next couple days. This is too serious to mess around with, but I just seem to push the limits.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Depression and Diabetes

This was brought up a few posts ago. Research has been done concerning sugar and mood. Sugar Blues is a book by William Dufty that was released in 1975, and he concluded that several psychological disorders may be improved, and possibly cured, by removing sugars from the diet.

I have also read of an informal observation in a prison system, and it had been noted that the prison population used much more sugar in coffee and tea than most people. This was not exactly an exhaustive study, but it did indicate something that could use further study. Unfortunately, studies require funding, and as anyone who knows to follow the money, well, no one is going to pay for a study to have people use less of a product. Unless, of course, the company is selling a product that could be used instead. And, since sugar substitutes often produce the same results, don't look for Monsanto to fund anything soon.

Part of the challenge for the diabetic, then, would be to completely remove sugar. One theory that I have heard espoused, is that diabetics may have an unusually strong reaction to sugar, one that is heightened compared to "normal" individuals. That is, they are almost allergic to it, yet crave it much as an alcoholic craves booze. Considering the reaction of an alcoholic to his drug of choice, it may be logical to think diabetics have this same relationship with sugar. And alcohol is sugar based. Hmm.
Just some low carb food for thought.