Study Reveals That Sugar is as Addicting as Drugs

Study Reveals That Sugar is as Addicting as DrugsAddiction can be defined as a disease where the patient is psychologically or physically dependent and seeking a harmful substance or activity that is compulsive and difficult to control. Does that apply to sugar? Are some people addicted to sugar? You can easily tell from the rates of obesity around you.

Obesity is a worldwide problem where almost 2 billion people around the world are overweight and over 500 million are obese. This might be the reason behind the study published in the PLOS ONE Journal that showed that the pleasure associated with drug abuse can be induced with sugar addiction and secretion of the same brain chemicals called dopamine responsible for the pleasure sensation associated with drug abuse.

The opposite can happen with sudden cessation of consumption of sugars that will lead to disturbed mood and disturbed dopamine levels in the brain. Moreover, it has been proven that sugar addiction can be treated with the same drugs used to treat nicotine addiction.

Varenicline is an FDA approved medication used for nicotine addiction and it was successfully used in controlling sugar cravings in study animals. The study applies to both sugar and artificial sweeteners which proves that it can be both psychological and physical dependence problem that lead to sugar cravings and subsequently, obesity.

Tolerance to drugs is the continuous need to increase the dose of the addicted drug to obtain the same pleasure because the body gets used to it and drug breakdown is achieved more quickly and efficiently with time. like any other psychological illness, sugar addiction is associated with other mental and mood disorders that place the addict in need for help to avoid further problems.  

This is promising since scientists can finally direct their research towards novel treatments for obesity that seems a complicated problem for many people.


Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

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