Your Guide to Health – Impulse Control Disorder and Refined Sugar

Doing a search online about Impulse Control Disorder (ICD) reveals the many angles. One of such hardly detailed is its links to refined sugar. It may be the result of its recent research evidence.

According to online definitions:
Impulse Control Disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by the inability to resist urges or impulses, leading to repetitive behaviours that are often harmful or detrimental. It is a recognized mental health disorder that can significantly impact an individual’s daily functioning and overall quality of life. While ICD can manifest in various forms, such as gambling, shopping, or internet addiction, there is growing evidence suggesting a link between impulse control disorders and the consumption of refined sugar.

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The information provided in this series ‘Your Guide to Health’ are based, in part, on the book “Your Guide to Health” written by Dr. Clifford Russell Anderson. The following is meant as public enlightenment rather than as an alternative to engaging the services of a qualified medical professional. Available on Amazon: YOUR GUIDE TO HEALTH: Anderson, Dr Clifford Russell: 9798696204987: Books

One potential connection between impulse control disorders and refined sugar lies in the brain’s reward system. Refined sugar triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. Regular consumption of sugary foods can lead to a dysregulation of the reward system, making it more difficult for individuals to control their impulses. This dys-regulation may contribute to the development or exacerbation of impulse control disorders.


Regardless, it is important for individuals who struggle with ICDs to seek professional help. Treatment may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. In some cases, individuals may also benefit from lifestyle changes, such as reducing refined sugar intake and increasing physical activity.

Basically, one ought to moderate consumption of refined sugar. The services of a qualified medical professional is invaluable.


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