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Can Sugar Be More Addictive Than Cocaine?

Sugar cravings are real. They can strike at any time, and they seem to pop up when stress is high or when the 3 p.m. slump threatens to sap energy and derail plans to stay awake.

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Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine.

Filling up on sugar does bad things to the body and a person’s overall health. Negative effects of chronic sucrose exposure include:

  • Weight gain Increased blood pressure

  • Increased cholesterol levels

  • Increased risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease

Getting hooked on the sweet stuff is real, and so are its effects on a person’s well-being, but can sugar be as addictive as drugs?

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that refined added sugars have a "gateway-effect" and have been found "to produce more symptoms than is required to be considered an addictive substance," the Guardian reported.

"In animals, it is actually more addictive than even cocaine, so sugar is pretty much probably the most consumed addictive substance around the world and it is wreaking havoc on our health," cardiovascular research scientist James J. DiNicolantonio, a coauthor of the study, told the Guardian.

There is no doubt about it, the evidence of its harmful effects is overwhelming. Excess sugar can drive obesity, cause insulin resistance, belly fat gain, increased liver fat and serious diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

However, even though people are well aware of this, avoiding sugar can be extremely difficult......but we can help!

Our acupuncture service can help treat sugar addiction. Additionally, our HCG Injections can be pair with acupuncture as it compliments acupuncture for weight loss - up to 1 pound a day!

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