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

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Angela

About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, 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 variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others that are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 4000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section with for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. 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, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), currently working on her certification in physiology, and functional medicine. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 44 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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