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Might glucose help smokers to quit?
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Jonathan Foulds, PhD posted:
We all know that when you stop smoking your appetite increases, and often people get a particular craving for sweet foods. It seems as though smoking (or more specifically nicotine) curbs carbohydrate craving, and when you quit it increases. A number of recent studies have found that glucose tablets (as compared with artificial sweeteners) reduce cigarette cravings, withdrawal symptoms and increase quit rates. Quite a few patients have spontaneously mentioned to me that they found that hard candies such as Jujubes or Halls Montholyptus seemed to help soothe their cigarette cravings. The theory of how glucose may be helpful is that when the smoker quits, part of their cravings are actually for carbs. If these carb cravings are quickly satiated (e.g. by a glucose tablet), then the overall craving for a cigarette will also seem to be lower. If you want a little more detail on the recent research on this, check out this link . I'd be interested to hear if any readers found that they developed a sweet tooth when they quit smoking, or if anyone found any particular foods to help them stay quit.
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Chris_WebMD_Staff responded:
Wow, I still eat jujubes! I quit smoking 20 years ago and still crave those darn sweets. Looking back it might have helped me quit, mentally. It was a mind set that I could spurge on those because I didn't have that cigarette I wanted.
That's very interesting, and frankly I'm glad to see that they are still doing studies to help people quit and help us fight those urges. It's been a few years since I've had a urge to smoke, but the day I quit, I knew I'd never go back.
So far so good!
Thank you for this interesting post and sharing that link with us Dr. Foulds!
 
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An_206777 responded:
It has defenitely worked for me, I usually carry Halls or other hard candies to help with the craving, I am on my third week of quiting, using Champix as an aide.
 
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msrytw responded:
This is my 2nd time at quitting. It is the same as last time I want anything sweet and I'm not crazy over sweets. Ice cream, cupcakes, candy bars, etc. If glucose tablets work, please let me know.
 
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LoriB1015 replied to msrytw's response:
  • Good luck to you Msrytw! Same for me, 2nd time trying to quit. I am doing chantix as well as using the newer kind of e-cigarette. I have found a lot more success with the e-cigarette this time around. My sweets cravings aren't as bad as the 1st time either. I think that's due to the fact that you can get sweet flavors for the e-cigarette, even though I have a sweet tooth, this has really helped me out a lot. It's only been 2 weeks for me but in 2 weeks last time I gained almost 3 pounds! This 2 weeks I've lost 4 pounds. Think about it if you have any problems with your plan and use sweet flavors. Best of luck!
 
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engrahmad replied to LoriB1015's response:
I recently quit smoking, a week ago, and I have horrible swelling on my feet, legs and hands.
I am 25 years old and I smoked for 5 years.
I have also got a bloated stomach plus I feel pain in my shoulder.
I am not using any nicotine products and just quit cold turkey.
Is this normal?
 
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msrytw responded:
This is my 2nd time in a year quitting. 1st time was 52 days. This time I am at 35 days. Craving sweets is my biggest problem. I am using Chantix but I hate the fact that I want/need something sweet all the time. I tried to buy vegetables, crackers etc but I don't eat them. I want ice cream, popcicles, french vanilla capuccino, cakes, cookies, etc. So I am going to buy the glucose tablets to see if that help. I've gained 10 lbs!!!
 
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msrytw replied to LoriB1015's response:
I'm kind of afraid of the e-cigarettes. I may try them plus, I don't want to replace nicotine with nicotine. Just me.
 
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msrytw responded:
I have just reached 70 days (my 2nd time). Both times I have an awful sweet tooth that is driving me crazy and nothing but something sweet can satisfy it. I never even bought sweets on a regular basis when I smoked.
 
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mslovelypop responded:
I'm not sure whether this could work for me my cig smoking was nicotine addicted, it was more psychological/habitual.


I don't think I ever had a nicotine craving. I would normally only smoke in the house at a nighttime to help me unwind. Never in the day. It helped me to relax that's the satisfaction I got out it so if these tablets are directly for nicotine addicted users, I don't fit the description.
 
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rosecastillo_favio responded:
Hello Dr, Foulds,

I appreciate your insight as I do learn so much from you and the members here.. I have been smoke free for 2yrs, 8months.. Thanks to all the help and support available here. So if no one has told you , THANK YOU!

all the best always


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