Why Diabetics Crave Sweets

Published: 11th December 2008
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Why Diabetics Crave SweetsWhy Diabetics Crave Sweets

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No matter where you go, someone is offering you things that you should not eat if you are a diabetic. Yet, we all, especially diabetics, find it very difficult to turn it down. We use the excuse that we do not want to offend someone. But, the fact of the matter is there is a very good reason for our craving sweets.

All diabetics, and 90% of Americans, are seriously deficient in chromium and four other crucial nutrients. When someone is deficient in chromium, they begin to crave sugar (sweets). The more deficient they are the more they crave. Unfortunately, if you eat sugar, or high glucose items (high glycemic index foods) the glucose will further strip your body of chromium, setting up a vicious cycle. As your chromium stores deplete, you crave more and more sweets, that in turn reduces the chromium levels.

Why is this important? Chromium is one of two nutrients responsible for aiding our body's cells in absorbing and utilizing insulin. So, is it any wonder that a Type II diabetic is insulin resistant? The symptoms of a chromium deficiency are obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, anxiety and fatigue. Any of those sound familiar? Chromium is the pivotal nutrient involved in sugar metabolism. It helps regulate glucose levels and produce energy. It increases lean body mass and enhances the calorie-burning results during exercise. It reduces the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Chromium repairs cell damage (glycation) caused by high glucose levels. It, along with vitamin C, reduces the buildup of pressure inside the eyes, a cause of glaucoma. And, it helps regulate blood pressure. So it should be easy to understand why chromium is so important to diabetics. It also explains partially, why diabetics have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, glaucoma and cataracts, heart disease, low energy, anxiety and obesity.

Unfortunately, chromium cannot be obtained from normal food sources, and the body does not manufacture it. Conglomerate farming has depleted the soil of chromium. Even many organic foods suffer from chromium deficiencies. Meat and seafood contain chromium, but only if their diet is rich in chromium. Most commercial feed is deficient in chromium. To further complicate the matter, diabetics have a reduced capacity for absorbing chromium when it is present. And, strenuous activity increases the excretion of chromium.

There is hope. There are some inexpensive supplements that can help rebuild the chromium stores. However, all nutrients have to be taken with other specific nutrients in order to function and be absorbed, or the effort is wasted. Steps need to be taken to improve the body's ability to absorb nutrients and maintain balance. If the effort is put forth to reverse the deficiencies that prevail; if effort is put forth to restore and bolster the immune system; understand inflammation and how to regulate it; and a proper balance in diet is put into action; it is entirely possible to reverse the damaging effects of diabetes.

If you would like to learn more go to http://www.how-to-take-charge-of-your-diabetes.com. 350 pages of concentrated information that will guide you through the process of reversing diabetes. Learn what every diabetic should know about the disease.

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