Are you addicted to sugar?

It's the age of addiction. From methamphetamine to oxycodone, we hear about drug addiction everywhere.

But, there's a different type of addiction plaguing our population and impacting the economy, the overconsumption of sugar.

Research shows eating sugary foods triggers reward signal in the brain. If you're eating the typical American diet of quick and easy processed foods, you might want to evaluate just how much sugar you are consuming.

Experts warn America's sweet tooth is leading to the exponential growth in the number of cases of type two diabetes. With a price tag of $116 billion in medical costs, it's a disease that can not only be prevented, but cured. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.

NewsChannel 15's Lisa Edge talked with Kris Kavanagh, who conquered her addiction to cookies and now helps others as a holistic health coach, and Dr. Philip Nicol, with the Diabetes Center, who has helped diabetics for his entire medical career.

If you're concerned you're always heading for something sweet, Dr. Nicol suggests going to your doctor for a screening.

Here's a link to more information, including seven warning signs of type two diabetes.