Is it really a surprise that binge eating is associated with blood sugar abnormalities?

IMG_1516I have long suspected that binging is associated with blood sugar abnormalities, increasing the risk of insulin resistance.  It just makes sense to me that consuming large quantities of food at one time would tax the body’s ability to manage the blood sugar reaction, especially if binging is ongoing for years.  A study just came out linking Binge Eating Disorder with blood sugar changes, visible in even a short time period in healthy people who changed their food intake to more of a binge pattern.

Besides the health implications, which I think are significant, there is cause to believe that appetite can be harder to control when food intake is concentrated at one time of the day.  Since binge eating generally involves high sugar and high processed carb foods, there is likely a rapid blood sugar rise and fall associated with it, leading to an increased feeling of hunger more quickly than expected.  A binge eating pattern can quickly develop as a result.

As I said, this does not surprise me.  It seems logical, and I think more research will become available as more focus is given to blood sugar.  I also see a link to the regrettably strong dieting mentality that is widespread in the U.S.  There is nothing like a low calorie diet to add fuel to the binging fire!

My advice?  Get enough to eat every day.  Eat at least 3-4 times a day.  Ditch the low-fat, high carb diets we used to think helped us manage weight.  Opt for fruit, vegetable, and whole grain sources of carbohydrate more often than processed ones.  Get plenty of protein and healthy fat foods, preferably with your carbohydrates.  Blood sugar will be easier to control for those who struggle, and healthy individuals will be more likely to stay that way.


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