A lot of people have sugar-brain. They feel off, not quite right but they aren’t acutely ill. If they happen to mention this to their Primary Care Physician, they may be told their cholesterol is too high or their blood pressure is a little high and they are put on medications. High lipids and high blood pressure generally don’t cause symptoms so these medications really won’t make the person feel any different so often they stop taking them.
Medications won’t reverse CARB syndrome, the condition that is making you feel lousy.
When people change their diet for the better in the right way then suddenly feel great. What they are really feeling is “normal” and the absence of sugar-brain. This is the way you are supposed to feel. Go ahead and take medications if you must but don’t expect to feel better unless your are willing to tackle the problem causing you to feel so lousy–your diet.
Patients who transition to CARB syndrome are truly ill. They can’t function normally and metabolically they are a mess. Today I admitted a woman in her 70’s with a Urinary Tract Infection. For the past 6 months her memory has been going, so she has been labeled with dementia except she really doesn’t act like classic dementia.
At times her brain works fairly well and at other times it doesn’t. I talked to her daughter-in-law today and she told me that the patient doesn’t eat. On further questioning it was apparent that the patient doesn’t eat any real food. No meat, fish, seafood, fruit or vegetables. When she does eat it’s always junk. She eats the dessert and throws away the rest of the meal. This woman has CARB syndrome and probably doesn’t have true dementia. Her prognosis is poor because she doesn’t have enough brain function to comply with the treatments for CARB syndrome.
So if you have sugar-brain, don’t take it lightly. You don’t want to end up like my patient with a fried brain and a dire prognosis.
The symptoms of sugar-brain:
Low energy levels that drop even further when you eat foods loaded with sugar, HFCS and high glycemic carbohydrates.
Inability to handle stress.
Some difficulty concentrating and focusing.
Thinking about food and eating.