Some Tradeoff: Candy vs. Kidney Damage

Hold On Death! I Am finishing My Ice Cream!

The relatively new drugs canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR) are for blood sugar control in the case of type 2 diabetes. The FDA now has strengthened its “existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury for [these] type 2 diabetes medicines…. [The FDA] revised the warnings in the drug labels to include information about acute kidney injury…  Canagliflozin and dapagliflozin are prescription medicines used with diet and exercise to help lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes… FDA received reports of 101 confirmable cases … some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, with canagliflozin or dapagliflozin use… This number includes only reports submitted to FDA, so there are likely additional cases about which we are unaware.”

So What’s The Problem?

A casual walk in any city will showcase people with metabolic syndrome, to which type 2 diabetes belongs, walking about licking ice cream, drinking sweet drinks, eating cakes and desserts as if they were not killing themselves. Perhaps not all (yet) have type 2 diabetes but are in prediabetes mode for sure.

Let’s face it: if you know you have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, you have no business eating sweets!

Type 2 diabetes is caused by eating more sugar than the amount of insulin your pancreas is capable of creating to put away all that sugar. Sugar floating in your blood is killing you! Why don’t you stop eating sugar?

I can tell you why: sugar is the number 1 legalized addictive drug in the US. It is more addictive than cocaine or heroin. It is a most addictive substance (1, 2). Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine suggests a study. Sugar is poison!

Where Are The Sugar Addiction & Rehabilitation Centers?

The same place where nicotine withdrawal and rehabilitation centers were until tobacco manufacturers lied about the death sentence nicotine and smoke had on people’s lungs. The addiction and rehabilitation centers are up in the arena of political boxing rinks where sugar lobby keeps on hitting below the belt but never gets caught!

If sugar is more addictive than heroin or cocaine, why are we chasing heroin and cocaine users and sellers and not sugar users and seller?

Chase the sugar growers and lobbyists for heaven’s sake! They are producing and pushing a highly addictive substance that is throwing half the US into sickness! Why aren’t we arresting sugar growers and sellers?

To The People

If you know you are diabetic (with type 2), you know the end result will be losing your toes, your feet, legs, arms, eye sight, etc., and perhaps even die in kidney failure. Not a pleasant way to go at all! I also used to eat sugar but I no longer do. It is a decision to make and must stick to it. Your life depends upon it. And most importantly, if we all stop eating sweets, they will stop making sweets and selling sweets! WE can destroy any industry we wish. WE can control how much medicine we need! Understand the most important thing: type 2 diabetes is reversible! You do not have to choose between compromising your kidneys or losing a toe but you do have to be strong and resist all sweets! Sugar substitutes also cause the same addiction and trouble so just quit all sweet stuff!

Life is sweet enough without sugar. Life needs no sugar any more than sugar needs life!

Sources

  1. Ahmed SH, Guillem K, & Vandaele Y (2013) Sugar addiction: pushing the drug-sugar analogy to the limit. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care 16(4):434-439.
  2. Lenoir M, Serre F, Cantin L, & Ahmed SH (2007) Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward. PLoS ONE 2(8):e698. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0000698

Your opinion matters! Comments are welcomed!

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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