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What The Yuck: Do Sugar Cravings Signal Diabetes?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at [email protected] Q: I've been craving sweets lately - could that mean I have diabetes? A: Nope. Craving sugar is not one of the symptoms of diabetes, or hyperglycemia (too much blood glucose). Symptoms to look for are frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue, weight loss, and blurry vision. If you skip meals often you may be experiencing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. When your blood sugar starts to dip, you naturally long for a sugary snack to get it back up. But the body processes sugar fast, so the energy surge quickly wears off and you're left craving another cookie. Another common culprit? Low levels of serotonin, the brain chemical responsible for making us feel happy. If you have chronically low levels, your sugar yen could be your body's attempt to fix the problem - studies suggest that sugar increases the absorption of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin. The good Continue reading >>

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  1. DiabetesDiva

    I just had my worst low sugar episode

    Hands shaking so badly, I can hardly type. Ate a burrito and now a banana. My bgl was 69. I'm going to make an appt with the doc and buy those glucose tablets everyone recommends.
    My only other alternative to eat was sugar, but I didn't know if I should do that.

  2. high heels

    Some are talking about having bad experiences because their blood sugars are in the 60's and 80's, but these are normal blood sugars. You should not be experiencing these kinds of symptoms unless you go below 60. Then a small amount of sugar to bring your readings up and some protein to keep them up is the proper treatment.

  3. Sue Turner

    Be thankful that 69 has been your worse experience with low bs. Mine has gone down into the 40s and 30s. I know how you feel however with the shaking, etc. And it can be very scary. I keep the Glucose Tabs on hand all the time, and they seem to get my bs back up faster than anything else. Sometimes all I have to do is eat a 1/4 of a tablet and in just a few minutes my bs is back up to a more normal level. I am on the pump, so when mine goes low, I suspend my pump for about 30 min., and eat the glucose tab, check my bs in 30 minutes, and if everything is ok, I resume my pump and everything is fine. It does depend on how low my bs goes as to how much of the tablet I eat. You just have to work with them to see how quickly and how much I need to regulate my bs. But they do work, and work great!

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