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Are You a Sugar Addict?: The 4 Sugar Addiction Types

© Dr Jacob Teitelbaum MD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled From Fatigued to Fantastic by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum MD. View all columns in series

Quick Quiz - See What Kind of Sugar Addict You Are!

Type 1 Sugar Addict profile.
Do you?
1-Feel tired much of the time? (20 points)
2- Need coffee to get jumpstarted in the morning? (10 points)
3-What is the average number of ounces of caffeinated coffee or soda or "energy drinks" you drink daily? (Score 2 points for each ounce.)
4-Do you repeatedly crave sweets or caffeine to give you the energy to get through the day? (25 points)
5-Are you gaining weight? Or having trouble losing weight? (Score 1 point for every two pounds gained over the past three years.)

0-30: No problem. Skip to the next quiz.
31-50: You are treating your fatigue with sugar and caffeine-which are energy "Loan Sharks".
Over 50: You are a sugar and caffeine junkie. Learn how to restore your energy production naturally, so you can cut back on sugar and still feel great. Use the SHINE Protocol (Sleep, Hormonal support, Infection control, Nutritional support, Exercise) to optimize your energy-naturally!

Type 2 Sugar Addicts
Are you very irritable when hungry? Do you get a "Feed me now or I'll kill you" feeling? (35 points)
Is life a crisis to you? (15 points)
Do you enjoy the rush of energy you feel when you are in a crisis? (15 points)

0-24: You are probably a type B "low-key" person with healthy adrenals.
25-34: You are developing early stages of adrenal fatigue.
35-65: This suggests moderate to severe adrenal exhaustion, and your body is crying out for help.

Type 3 Sugar Addicts
Do you have chronic nasal congestion or sinusitis? (50 points)
Spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome? (gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation)? (50 points)
Have you taken antibiotics for any type of infection for more than two consecutive months, or shorter courses more than three times in a twelve-month period? (20 points)
Have you been treated for acne with antibiotic pills for one month or longer? (50 points)
Have you had a fungal infection, such as jock itch, athlete's foot, or a nail or skin infection that was difficult to treat? (20 points)
Do you have postnasal drip or clear your throat a lot? (20 points)
Do you have food allergies? (20 points)

If your total is 50 or higher, you likely have a yeast/candida overgrowth.

Type 4 - Sugar Addiction

Treating sugar addiction can help decrease your PMS.

Have you had a hysterectomy or ovarian surgery ( 30 points):
Do you have decreased vaginal lubrication? (25 points)
Do you have decreased sex drive (libido)? (15 points)
In the week before and around your period (or in general if you no longer have periods), do you experience noticeably worse
Insomnia? (15 points)
Headaches? (15 points)
Fatigue? (15 points)
Hot flashes or sweats? (20 points)

If you scored 30 or higher you likely have symptoms from estrogen or progesterone deficiency;

Men (over 45 years of age)
Do you have decreased libido? (20 points)
Do you have erectile dysfunction or decrease in erections? (20 points)
Do you have hypertension? (20 points)
Do you have high cholesterol? (20 points)
Do you have diabetes? (20 points)
Are you overweight with a "spare tire" around your waist? (20 points)

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About The Author
Jacob Teitelbaum MD is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z" and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (3rd revised edition, Avery/Penguin Group) and Pain Free 1-2-3-A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw- Hill). His newest book is Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press; March 2010). Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent......more
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