Always hungry? Here are some possible causes

It is natural for you to feel hungry every few hours as this is your body’s way of telling you that you need some more fuel for energy. Photo: Pixabay

It is natural for you to feel hungry every few hours as this is your body’s way of telling you that you need some more fuel for energy.
The problem comes in when you are constantly hungry, even after you have just eaten. This is often a sign that you may have a problem with your health, and need to visit your doctor.

Here are some common health issues that cause hunger.

Diabetes: Since your body turns sugar in the food you eat into energy, when diabetes prevents this sugar to reach your cells, this sugar goes to waste instead of being used as energy. When this sugar goes to waste your body feels that you need to eat more food in order to get more energy. This is especially noticeable in people with type-1 diabetes, where they can eat a lot of food and still lose weight.
Symptoms include:
• Constant, extreme thirst.
• Problems with eyesight and blurry vision.
• Cuts or bruises that seem to take forever to heal.
• Tingling, pain, or numbness in your hands or feet.
• Extreme fatigue.

Low blood sugar: When the sugar levels in the body drop very low, it can lead to various other issues too. Low blood sugar is often due to another underlying health disorder like diabetes, hepatitis, kidney disease, problems with the adrenal glands, and issues with the pituitary glands. Low blood sugar can reach a point where you start to slur your words and may affect your balance.
Symptoms include:
• Anxiety.
• Abnormal heartbeat.
• Loss of colour in the skin.
• Shaking and trembling.
• Profuse sweating.
• Tingling around the mouth.

Lack of sleep: Not getting enough rest can severely affect the hormones in your body. When you are sleep-deprived you usually have a bigger appetite, and this usually brings along cravings for sugar or high-calorie foods as your body needs more energy to function.
Symptoms include:
• Mood swings.
• Clumsiness.
• Not being as alert as you should.
• Struggling to stay awake during the day.
• Unexplained weight gain.

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Stress: Stress causes the body to release a hormone called cortisol, which can make you feel hungrier than you actually are. You usually also crave high sugar and high fat foods as your body wants some ‘comfort food’ to shy away from the stress.
Symptoms include:
• Sudden angry outbursts.
• Fatigue.
• Regular headaches.
• Trouble sleeping.
• An upset stomach.
Curb food cravings the natural way. By following a low GI diet you can start to curb cravings. More on this topic next week.
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