This is a good thing to think about and watch out for. There is SO much sugar in the processed foods we eat today and it's really dangerous. I think many people are addicted to sugar, I know I struggle with it and didn't take it seriously until I started having problems with my feet and ended up unable to walk for a large part of the past five years. Too much sugar can ruin your eyesight, your nerves, your feet..and kill you. A friend here was in the hospital in intensive care because his blood sugar level went over 400. Between 100 and 200 is considered normal.
My problem began long before I was really diagnosed as diabetic. I did eat a lot of sugar: doughnuts, frosting, chocolate; I was a home baker so it was readily available. Then one day about 15 years ago I noticed that an area on my left big toe was sort of numb. It seemed odd but I didn't worry too much. But it spread to the other toes, then the rest of my foot and the other foot too and my hands... I have just enough sensation in my right foot to be able to drive the car, if was worse I would have to turn over my keys. BE WARNED! THIS WAS CAUSED BY TOO MUCH SUGAR!!
I thought it was funny that I could walk through snow barefoot and not feel the cold but later I noticed a big swelling on the sole of my left foot. I was told it was a fibroma and it needed to be removed. It was along with the whole plantar facia tendon. I thought I would be over this in a month or two but the incision would not heal. The surgeon sewed it up again (with no anesthetic because I couldn't feel anything) and it still didn't heal. he advised that I go to a wound care specialist so I did and it nearly healed but then burst open again. It callused over but came open again several times. I went to ANOTHER wound care facility where we tried special casts on my foot, hyperbaric therapy, everything. I stayed off of my foot and used a knee cart but nothing did any good.
Finally the doctor there said I needed to go to an orthopedic surgeon. This surgeon was able to tell me what my problem really was. I have a condition called Charcot Foot where the middle bones of the foot collapse down to the sole (think fallen arches - its a little like that). Its caused by walking differently due to the numbness brought on by diabetes. Who knew! Anyway, last July he completely reconstructed the bones of my foot and they are held in place with titanium rods and big staples. Some of the bones had broken, that's how bad my foot was. It's taken 8 months for the bones to completely heal and I will have to wear orthopedic shoes for the rest of my life.
I'm happy and thankful that I can walk again but I want to warn people to control your sugar intake. Especially give up drinking pop (or soda). diet soda is bad for you too, except for the one sweetened with Stevia. YOU DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH!!!
Sian thanks for the post.. I had better get to the doctor quick because it sounds like I have some of what you said.
And just like Hilander I lso am trying to cut back but can't give it up completely.
Just like smoking and drugs chocolate can be addicting and hard to quit cold turkey..
I would hope someone in the future can come up with something to make chocolate healthier and taste good with an artificial something.