Does blood sugar play a role in addiction among alcoholics? We find out. Is there a connection between alcoholism and hypoglycemia? Many experts are definitely noting a correlation between blood sugar and excessive drinking.
“There is no question that a great majority of alcoholics suffer from chronic low blood sugar,” says Dr. James R. Milam in his book Under the Influence. “When given a five-hour glucose tolerance test, over 95 percent of both early and late-stage alcoholics, experience a spike in blood sugar levels after intake of sugar and then a rapid plunge.”
Substituting for Alcohol
It’s not surprising, then, that more than 20 million Americans are contending with hypoglycemia, according to certified nutritionist Trudy Scott. Those suffering from hypoglycemia experience great mental and physical suffering. They face irritability, agitation, anxiety, depression, intense cravings, poor memory and an inability to focus.
So what can be done?
Scott says it’s important to start by controlling your blood sugar. This means eating breakfast – with protein (opt for an omelet instead of a donut or whole wheat bagel). Coffee in the morning is also a no-no as it spoils the appetite. No coffee before breakfast (spoils appetite).
Add in healthy snacks throughout the day and remove refined sugar and white flour from your diet and you’re well on your way.
Additional tips include:
- Eat 25-30 grams of protein per meal
- Get 4+ cups of low-carb veggies each day
- Focus on good fats
- Limit starchy veggies, legumes and fruit
- Drink water or herbal tea (no sugar or empty calories)
- Choose local, organic, grass-fed, seasonal meats, fruits and veggies
- Just say “no” to refined carbs, bad fats and processed foods
- Eat slowly and sit down to get enjoyment from food. Don’t grab your meals on the go
For alcoholics who are hypoglycemic, the empty calories in alcohol with no nutrients cause an additional problem: They fill you up so you don’t eat the nutritious foods you really need.
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