Sugar Shock: The Path to Disease and More

The Huffington Post

Connie Bennett
Connie Bennett is author of SUGAR SHOCK! and BEYOND SUGAR SHOCK (upcoming/Hay House).

Posted: August 31, 2010 12:17 PM
Whenever journalists, radio hosts or TV reporters interview me, they ask me what I mean by the phrase “Sugar Shock.”I’ve given this considerable thought, because I spent years researching and writing my book “Sugar Shock!.”

Here’s how I define Sugar Shock:

SUGAR SHOCK™ is a mood-damaging, personality-bending, health-destroying, confusion-creating constellation of symptoms affecting millions of people worldwide, who often turn to processed sweets and much-like-sugar carbs, which send their blood sugar levels wildly soaring and plummeting. These people are suffering from what they may call sugar addiction or carbohydrate addiction.The term Sugar Shock is intended to encompass the often-misdiagnosed and maligned condition of reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), as well as other blood sugar disorders, from insulin resistance to diabetes.

Considerable research reveals that repeatedly over-consuming sweeteners, dessert foods, and culprit, quickie carbs (such as white rice, French bread, chips, etc.) wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, overstimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to more than 140 health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and “brain fog.”

Victims of Sugar Shock also may experience such baffling symptoms as excessive fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, drowsiness or the opposite (sleeplessness), forgetfulness, heart palpitations, nightmares, blurred vision, muscle pains, temper outbursts, suicidal thoughts, and more.

Ultimately, this insidious Sugar Shock roller-coaster effect brought on by eating too many inferior carbs hampers sufferers’ ability to function at full throttle–or even half throttle.

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