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Reasons For Sugar Cravings
For women who are diabetics, what are some tips for controlling blood sugar and cravings during menopause?
Control cravings: For diabetics, eating a low glycemic diet can not be overemphasized. Type ii diabetics have Insulin resistance which is worsens with weight gain, increase in body fat and the progression of diabetes. All veggies are fine except potatoes/corn, fruits are good except tropical fruits and melons due to the sugar, eat whole grains and avoid processed food. ...Read more
Usually not: The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency usually from chronic blood loss (heavy menstrual periods in women or unsuspected bleeding from the stomach or colon). Iron deficiency seems to induce a craving in the diet for something that resembles metallic qualities of iron (hardness, taste or color) - ice cubes or chips, hard candy, or even inedible things like dirt. This is called pica. ...Read more
Can eating chapathi only (as a dietary food) good for blood sugar patients? Is rice bad for blood sugar?
Carbohydrates: Eaten alone, chapathi and rice may cause your blood sugar to rise rapidly. Insulin doses and pancreatic response may not be able to keep up. If you want to eat those foods, adding protein, non-starchy (fibrous) vegetables, and healthy fat will help your system deal with the carbohydrate more gradually. Chapathi is a little more nutrient-dense than rice, though. http://tinyurl.com/mxm8qh3. ...Read more
Reason sweets cravin: The one i believe in is the Insulin released by the pancreas after eating meal which is usually high in carb, especially complex carbs including white bread, pasta and fruits, soda and juices.The Insulin spikes in and it causes blood sugar to drop and you crave for sweets.To prevent it cut down the carbs in your meal. The other causes are habit and programmed in brain, sice childhood. ...Read more
Coke sweeteners.: Coke Life is sweetened a sugar & stevia leaf extract blend. Diet Coke is reported to contain acesuflame K & aspartame. Coke Zero is sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame K. Regular Coke is sweetened with sugar made from high fructose corn syrup. I tried to get this information from the most up to date sources I could find. But it can't guarantee that the company has not made any changes to ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many people have it.: Many pregnant women have this --quite common actually. We don't truly understand why, but possibly because of the rapid hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. Some become somewhat anemic and thus can crave/chew ice etc... So, ask around...I am sure there are many women around your neighborhood.... Good luck on your pregnacy, if you are... ...Read more
Possibly: Diabetes mellitus, a disease in which blood sugar is high & damages the body's tissues over time, can be associated with weight loss if large amounts of sugar are getting dumped into the urine rather than being used by the body for energy. Other symptoms can be great thirst, great hunger, and passing large amounts of urine; symptoms which need immediate evaluation by a medical professional. ...Read more
Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: But eating a lot of candy can lead to weight gain, Insulin resistance, and diabetes. Cravings are funny things. If you can distract yourself for just 3-5 minutes, they'll usually go away. If you can avoid eating candy for a few days, you'll have a lot fewer cravings. Now if you're craving candy at the same time you feel shaky, weak, sweaty w/ racing heart & headache, that could be low sugar. ...Read more
Help please! is consistently high blood sugar a reason for a diabetic to lose most of their energy?
Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?
Possibly: Although salt craving is a symptom of addisons disease, most people who crave salt do not have this disorder, as it is very rare. Major symptoms of addisons also include loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, lightheadedness when standing due to low blood pressure, skin darkening. If addisons disease is suspected, the diagnosis should be confirmed by an endocrinologist before starting medication. ...Read more
Iam 22 wks pregnant... Craving for sweets more. Does eating more chocolates and sweets will end up in gestational diabetes??
Lots of things: What you eat, illness, stress, less physical activity, forgetting medication, etc. ...Read more
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