Why No Sugar?

Let’s face it, almost everything you eat contains some form of sugar. If you want to keep eating sugar, it is easy to find someone to tell you it is okay, just not me. I Googled why sugar is good for you and I found a ton of reasons justifying why everyone should keep consuming sugar. The internet says it is okay, so it must be okay—right?

Scared Sugarless

Doctors have a way of scaring you at times just by being honest. I happen to have a very good, honest doctor so he never “sugar” coats anything. He recently told me I had prediabetes. This was a wake-up call for me if I didn’t change a thing—I would end up with diabetes.

The Chances are Low, Right?

With Psoriatic Arthritis, Sjögren’s Syndrome, and Ankylosing Spondylitis, why would the threat of diabetes scare me so bad? Unfortunately, my chances are not low. I have a strong family history of diabetes, and quite frankly, I am surprised I don’t have it. My sister has diabetes as well as almost everyone I can think of on my mother’s side of the family.

I Have Seen it at Its Worst

I have witnessed what happens when diabetics do not stick to a strict treatment plan. Relatives of mine have lost their limbs and eyesight. They have struggled with cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, and kidney damage. A simple sore festers until a trip to the hospital is needed. I have seen this horrible disease at its worst.

Hindsight is 20/20

My biggest fear is not necessarily the disease itself, but the possibility of regret when I have full blown diabetes living with the knowledge I could have done something to prevent it. Believe me, if I had a time machine and could go back 30 years to do something, anything to prevent my autoimmune diseases—I would follow everything to a tee.

Personal Decision

Although this was a personal decision for me, I seem to be in very good company. Many major health organizations recommend a reduced sugar diet.

American Heart Association
Healthline

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Cooper Aerobics
Arthritis Foundation