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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have severe sugar cravings that seem to bge a driving force. there are days when I take chromium picolinate they are not so severe.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May i know your age, weight, and occupation ?
User :   I am 68 yo female weight 145. I am retired. also I was wondering if this is psychological or some kind of physical ddisorder
Doctor :   may i know, is chromium picolinate being prescribed to you ?
User :   no
Doctor :   May i know y are u using them for ?
User :   to try to curb the cravings
Doctor :   chromium supplementation helps to reduced cravings for fat, not carbohydrates
User :   OK
Doctor :   the picolinate form of chromium supplementation aids in reducing insulin resistance,
User :   AND THAT MEANS WHAT?
Doctor :   but there is no proof for use of such supplements that have helped either weight loss or help sugar cravings
Doctor :   the chromium picolinate reduces insulin resistance, means that it can help in some diabetics to improve the insulin sensitivity
User :   MY HUSBAND IS DIABETIC AND OF COURSE CKS HIS BLOOD SSUGAR DAILY,THEREFORE I CK MINE ONCE IN A WHILE, IT ALWAYS IN THE PERFECT RANGE
Doctor :   Do u have any other medical conditions ?
Doctor :   or taking any other medications ?
User :   NO, AFTER MY LAST CK UP MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT IF EVERYONE WERE AS HEALTHY AS I HE WOULD HAVE TO FIND A NEW OCCUPATION
Doctor :   may i know your occupation ?
User :   UNTIL JULY 1 WAS WAS A POLICE DISIPATCHER, WHEN I RETIRED
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   So you do not take any medications ?
Doctor :   Do you feel depressed ?
Doctor :   You can get evaluated for depression
Doctor :   by your doctor, which will help the issue of sugar cravings as well
Doctor :   There is also a psychological aspect to sugar addiction. Sometimes this is started by a physical craving listed above but can become a habit to eat sugar and while there is no physical craving there is a mental craving as it feels comforting
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Doctor :   please log back in if you have any other query
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User :   NO I HAD TO RECHARGE I RAN OUT OF TIME
Doctor :   ok , welcome back
Doctor :   One of the reasons we crave sugar is because of low adrenal function.
Doctor :   increased adrenaline release can be interpreted by the body as a need for more energy reserves, which sometimes can cause a psychologic urges of sugar craving
Doctor :   Lack of energy ,Fatigue, need to take afternoon naps could be seen in such situations as well
User :   MAKES SENSE, DOES WORRY OR PENT UP ANGER AFFECT THE ADRENAL GLANDS?
Doctor :   yes stress, or anger of any kind also increases adrenaline and this in turn can cause sugar craving
Doctor :   the first step that needs to be taken is to go for a complete medical check up to start with
Doctor :   For symptoms such as craving sugar intensely, the most probable cause is the start of type 2 diabetes, and as described above adrenal issues
Doctor :   Use a sweetener instead of pure sugar in as many things as possible.
User :   YES, I AM FATIGUED MOST OF THE TIME AND I KNOW I LOOK TIRED. I GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP SO THERE IS NO LACK OF REST. SO I GUESS WHAT YOU ARE TELLING ME IS THAT I NEED TO CALL MY PSYCHOLOGIST AND SET UP AN APPOINTMENT. BECAUSE I AM DEFINATLY STRESSED BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WILL NOT GET UP OUT OF HIS CHAIR IN FRONT OFS THE TELEVISION AND WILL NOT EXERCISE. HE JUST IGNORES ANY GENTLE SUGGESTIONS, I TRY NOT TO NAG . SO THEREFORE I GUESS IT WOULD BE A GOO IDEA TO BOTH SEE THE DOCTOR MAYBE
Doctor :   Sweeteners are generally harmless and they do restrict sugar intake while keeping the body satisfied at the same time.
Doctor :   yes getting out of the routine and addiing outdoor activities could help as well
Doctor :   get yourself and your husband involved in community activities at the local club and have regular outings with friends and family to get yourself involved
Doctor :   get to know what are your mutual interests
Doctor :   getting a physical examination and ruling out depression will be good too
Doctor :   to tackle sugar craving , prepare yourself by keeping sweets out of the house and having healthy snacks available.
Doctor :   If the cravings are for chocolate in particular, make sure you're getting enough iron and magnesium in your diet or supplements
Doctor :   Do your own home-baking with Xylitol a natural sweetener
Doctor :   food-combining and drinking more water or herbal tea really helps too
Doctor :   When you have finished your meal, brush your teeth. The toothpaste will take away the food taste in your mouth
Doctor :   The minty taste will reduce the likelihood of you reaching for something sweet.
Doctor :   please understand that you should not set targets that you know you can't achieve. Take the process slowly
User :   FOR MYSELF MY GARDENING HAQS PRETTY MUCH HELPED TO KEEP ME SANE. HE IS A NASCAR ENTHUSIAST AND I LIKE IT ALSO. I ASK HIM TO TAKE EVEN SHORT WALKS, BUT HIS KNEES OR HIS BACK HURTS. I HAVE SEVERE OSTEOARTHRITIS AND I FIND THE MORE ACTIVE I AM THE LESS PAIN I HAVE, AN HE ALSO HAS ARTHRITIS BUT SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WALKS ROLL OF LIKE WATER OFFA DUCKS BACK. REALLY I DON'T THINK I INTENDED THIS TO BE A BITCH SESSION BUT I SEEMS TO HEL HAVE AN OVERVIEW OF MY LIFE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND PATIENCE . I WILL BID YOU GOODBYE AND HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY LEE ANN
Doctor :   I do understand your situation with arthritis and i hope you do continue to try your best to overcome this issue
Doctor :   Please go over my suggestions which might help
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me here
Doctor :   Are u there ?
User :   THEY ARE EXTREMELY GOOD SUGGESTIONS AND WILL TRY TO ADHERE TO MORE THAN I DO NNOW. THANKS AGAIN
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   take care and have a good day
Doctor :   please log back in if you have any other query, and we are happy to help
User :   THANKS!
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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