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13 Diabetes Myths That Don't Lower Blood Sugar

13 Diabetes Myths That Don't Lower Blood Sugar

Skipping meals could potentially push your blood glucose higher. When you don't eat for several hours because of sleep or other reasons, your body fuels itself on glucose released from the liver. For many people with type 2 diabetes (PWDs type 2), the liver doesn't properly sense that the blood has ample glucose already, so it continues to pour out more. Eating something with a little carbohydrate signals the liver to stop sending glucose into the bloodstream and can tamp down high numbers. Skipping meals can also lead to overeating, which can cause an increase in weight. And if you take certain diabetes medications that stimulate the body's own insulin such as common sulfonylureas, or you take insulin with injections or a pump, you risk having your blood glucose drop too low when you skip or delay meals. Going Low-Carb Low-carb diets "are not balanced and deprive the body of needed fiber, vitamins, and minerals," says Constance Brown-Riggs, M.S.Ed, R.D., CDE, CDN, author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes (Career Press, 2010). Recently, Brown-Riggs counseled a PWD type 2 who ate very little carbohydrate. The result: poor energy and severe headaches. Brown-Riggs helped the person balance out his meal plan by suggesting fruits, grains, and other carb-containing foods. "His headaches subsided, his energy level was restored, and he was happy to learn that he could eat healthy sources of carbohydrate and manage his blood glucose levels successfully," Brown-Riggs says. The keys to success are to manage portions of all foods, spread your food out over your day, and work with your health care team to devise an individualized meal, activity, and medication plan. Eating Pasta Al Dente It is best to eat your spaghetti al dente, says David J. A. Jenkins, M. Continue reading >>

How To Deal With Hunger By Using A Hunger Scale

How To Deal With Hunger By Using A Hunger Scale

A common complaint among people who are watching their weight is, “I always feel hungry!” Yet many people think they are hungry when actually, they may be feeling bored, sad, stressed, excited or scared. It’s normal to occasionally eat when we aren’t really hungry. But some people have a harder time controlling their eating, especially when they eat to try and feel better after getting upset or being nervous. People who eat in response to feelings or emotions may have a hard time stopping, and end up overeating. Some people eat in response to physical cues, such as seeing an ad on television for a juicy fast-food burger or driving past a bakery and smelling freshly baked bread. And if you have diabetes, you may have been told to eat your meals at about the same time every day, whether you want to or not. It’s not surprising, then, that a lot of people don’t even know what physical hunger feels like because they’re used to eating for other reasons. To help you gain better control of your eating and to lessen the chances of what is called “mindless” eating, try using the Hunger Scale. Here’s how it works: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “ravenous” and 10 being “stuffed”, rank your hunger right before you start to eat. Halfway through your meal, rank your hunger again using the same scale of 1 to 10. If you’re at a “5”, “6” or “7” put your fork down and stop eating. If you decide to keep eating, finish your meal and rank your hunger. Be honest with yourself, too. If you feel like you’ve just eaten Thanksgiving dinner but have a huge bowl of ice cream in front of you, chances are you’re eating to help deal with some kind of emotion. The Hunger Scale 0 3 5 7 10 Ravenous Hungry Comfortable Full Stuffed Get in the habit of usin Continue reading >>

Dealing With Hunger

Dealing With Hunger

My friend James usually manages his Type 2 diabetes quite well. He eats right, exercises, and all that good stuff. But last week, something went wrong. He had a tough Thursday at his job, worked through lunch, and got yelled at by his supervisor. Trying to fix things up, he stayed late doing paperwork and dragged himself home, looking forward to dinner and a quiet evening with his wife, Ellen. But when he got there, Ellen had gone to a program at their daughter’s school. Dinner wasn’t ready. He went to the freezer and grabbed a box of ice cream. You can imagine the rest of the story. James kept splurging, and his blood glucose levels were out of whack for three days, courtesy of what Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W. called H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired). Bill W. knew that these were four danger situations for drinking. They apply with equal force to smoking, breaking your diet, or almost any other bad habit we are trying to change. Psychologist and diabetes educator William Polonsky says people who struggle with their diabetes “frequently blame themselves for not having enough willpower. But most people have plenty of willpower. The problem is not understanding and solving the particular problems that interfere with self-care.” Hunger is one of the most common problems. How can we deal with it? Avoiding Hunger James moved into the danger zone when he skipped lunch. “I had so much work,” he said, “and I knew the boss wasn’t happy with me. My stomach was all knotted. I didn’t feel like eating.” Those things happen, but skipping meals, especially breakfast, will lead you to grab concentrated comfort foods like sweets and fats. It will also make you grouchy and miserable. What could James have done differently? If he didn’t have time or sp Continue reading >>

Hungry All The Time?

Hungry All The Time?

If you feel like you're constantly hungry, you might be confusing hunger with appetite. Hunger is a physiological response to the lack of food, and appetite is the desire to eat. Many things can trigger the desire to eat — even when you've just eaten. You can become easily conditioned to think of the desire to eat as hunger. If you find yourself feeling hungry but fairly picky about what you want to eat, ask yourself if it is truly hunger that you are feeling. If you go on a very-low-calorie diet of less than 1,000 calories each day, you will feel very hungry much of the time. It is better for you to eat more calories each day — say 1,200 to 1,500 — for a slower but longer-term weight loss. In the long run, severely restricting calories can backfire, leaving you feeling constantly hungry and constantly wanting to eat. And no matter how much you cut back while you're on the diet, you can't eat so little forever. You'll eventually need to learn to eat at a higher calorie level to maintain your weight. Work with the nutritionist on your care team to find the right caloric intake that will allow you to lose one to two pounds per week — unless your doctor wants you to do it faster. The slow and steady approach has been shown to lead to better results over the years. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Hunger And Food Cravings

Diabetes Hunger And Food Cravings

Surveys find that nearly 100% of young women and almost 70% of young men sometimes have food cravings. For most people, cravings at worst add a little weight. With diabetes, they can be a serious problem. Food cravings might cause you to eat way too much of things that spike your sugars. What are food cravings, though? Where do they come from, and how can we deal with them in a healthy way? Let’s divide cravings into two types: physical hunger and emotional distress. It’s normal to feel strong hunger if blood sugar is low, or if your stomach is too empty. Then you really need to eat. If your sugar is low, you might need some carbs; if you just feel empty, some high-fiber vegetables or water might be preferable. Diabetes can cause hunger if glucose is not getting into the cells where it’s needed. Other medical causes of excess hunger include thyroid problems (such as Graves’ disease,) pregnancy, cannabis smoking, and depression. To avoid the cravings of low sugar or empty stomach, remember to eat regularly, especially breakfast. Breakfast with protein should keep cravings away at least until the afternoon. Eating may not stop some people’s low-sugar hunger. If that happens to you, you may need insulin, an insulin-sensitizing medication, or an herb such as bitter melon to get glucose into your cells. Food cravings are not always physical, though. In addition to body hunger and stomach hunger, there is what psychologist William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, calls mouth hunger or eyeball hunger. “While your stomach may be satisfied,” says Dr. Polonsky, “your eyeballs, mouth, and brain may still feel famished. If your meal plan is too limiting [in terms of food types], you may be depriving yourself of the joy of eating and the sense of satisfaction your mind and body c Continue reading >>

Diabetes Excessive Hunger | No 1 Of 10 Type 2 Diabetes Signs And Symptoms

Diabetes Excessive Hunger | No 1 Of 10 Type 2 Diabetes Signs And Symptoms

Type 2 Diabetes Signs And Symptoms – Always Hungry and Craving For Sweets Type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms are warning flags that blood sugar regulation is not working as it should. The diabetes excessive hunger symptom could come with increased hunger or craving sweet foods. These are common signs that we need to pay attention to. Diabetes excessive hunger is one of ten type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms. Many people experience a blood sugar roller coaster that is aggravated by a high carb diet that includes refined sugars and highly processed foods. Low energy can create a craving for sweets to give a quick energy lift. The problem is that within a short time, your blood sugar crashes, leaving you wanting more food. This cycle of increased hunger and craving for sweets typically leads to weight gain and the early diabetes excessive hunger symptom can end in a diagnosis of being diabetic. Some people might blame this behavior on lack of self-control, when it is often one of the type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms. The food you eat is typically converted to glucose, which is then carried by the blood to the cells in our body. The pancreas produces the hormone called insulin to help cells convert glucose into energy. If the cells can’t use insulin properly, the glucose builds up in the bloodstream, resulting in high blood sugar. But the cells are still starved of energy. This blood sugar roller coaster is racing along with the type 2 signs and symptoms and if the direction isn’t changed is destined to crash. Type 2 diabetes results when the muscles and other tissues of the body develop a resistance to insulin produced by the pancreas. Initially, the pancreas tries to overcome this resistance to insulin by making more insulin. The blood sugar goes up, as your body Continue reading >>

Diabetic And Always Hungry? Sensible Techniques To Curb Your Hunger

Diabetic And Always Hungry? Sensible Techniques To Curb Your Hunger

Making changes to help you in controlling your diabetes may bring about pangs of hunger. Decipher the reasons why you may be hungry and take advantage of the sensible techniques to keep you feeling full. Hunger Strike When you have type-2 diabetes, hunger may strike because of many different reasons. It can be brought upon by physical reasons such as cutting down on the amount of your portion sizes; eating fewer calories to control blood sugars; or abstaining from certain foods. It can also be due to administering too much medication or insulin. Other reasons include your stomach emptying faster or your pancreas producing too much insulin. If you are insulin resistant, which leads to hungry cells, they may be sending your body a message to eat. Understand Why You Are Hungry Understanding why you may be hungry can help you in curbing it. If you’re hungry because you have cut down on calories or are eating less, you can make a few changes in your diet to satisfy your stomach. Try choosing foods that take longer to digest such as lean protein and high -fiber foods. These are best when combined together. If too much oral medication or insulin seems to be the culprit, talk with your doctor about your dosage and timing of medications or insulin. If you are insulin-resistant, you usually have a feeling of hunger after you have eaten. Losing weight will help decrease your cells’ resistance to insulin so that they can be fed and not be sending you the signals that they are hungry and you need to eat. Make sure you combine lean protein and high-fiber foods with all meals; and eat non-starchy vegetables as snacks to fill up on. You can also discuss medication options with your doctor that may help “feed” your cells. Work with Your Body So It Does Not Feel Hungry Once you f Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Hunger

Diabetes And Hunger

Where does diabetes and severe hunger tie in? The reason I ask is that we can sit down for a meal and it will be let's say... Grilled chicken Breast (A large portion) 1.5 cups of cooked broccoli, 1 cup of cooked green beans, small dinner roll and a large salad and an 8 oz glass of milk. (I don't hold back when it comes to veggies) That is a BIG dinner and we can be done eating and he will STILL be hungry! I am wondering does the diabetes and hunger tie in somehow? I have heard of being Thirsty a lot, but never hungry. Did I miss something? I think when you change your diet to a low carb one it can take some time to adjust. I know sometimes no amount of veg and meat makes up for the lack of potatoes/rice/bread for me. You get a very different 'full' feeling from a high carb meal. Others will come on with other suggestions, but thats how my body works. If I have a low carb meal, I will be hunting around afterwards for crisps or nuts or whatever. I also get a hungry feeling if my sugar is low, but thats before I eat and not what you are referring to here. I have to say carbs or not, I have never experienced so much desire for food in my life before diabetes. When I wake up its the first thing I think of , can't function without a good breakfast....in the years before D, I NEVER ate breakfast, so what I think I'm trying to say is yes, I do think there is a link somewhere. Lets see what others have to say!! Oh Yes. He is a FAST eater! I have tried to curb that by telling him if I make a nice meal (Which I do every night) there is no reason he can not sit with his family while we eat to. I told him if he gets up and we are not done there will be h*ll to pay. I think it has slowed him down a bit because it no fun to sit there with an empty plate and watch people eat... He has Continue reading >>

How To Curb Hunger At Night With Type 2 Diabetes

How To Curb Hunger At Night With Type 2 Diabetes

Whenever I meet with patients for the first time, I always ask them to “take me through a typical day” describing the foods they eat and meal patterns they follow. Often I will hear something like this: “Well I’m not of a breakfast person…” “So is the first time you eat, lunch?” “…well sometimes I don’t eat lunch either.” “If you do eat lunch, what will it be?” “Oh a sandwich or something quick…maybe some chips.” “Ok, so how about dinner?” “A meat, a vegetable and a potato…or sometimes something quick like a pizza.” “Ok, do you snack after dinner?” “Well, see that’s my problem…” Touche. It certainly is a problem, especially when they go on to describe what the evening snacking routine consists of. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not celery and carrot sticks. So what is the deal with eating at night? How can we avoid nighttime eating? Or more importantly, nighttime overeating? I've got plenty of tips for you to consider. 3 Reasons NOT To Munch Out At Night First things first. Whatever you've heard about not eating after a certain time (I’ve heard 5 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm) because everything turns into fat, is just not supported by research. While it IS the case that, generally speaking, the body is more efficient at burning calories when it needs them (ie during the day), compared to when we're sedentary, the rule about a specific time of day is not substantiated by research. That said, I strongly discourage eating much in the evening for the following reasons: 1. Most people make relatively poor food choices in the evening. This is likely due to poor inhibition – we are less likely to make smart choices as our bodies and minds fatigue at the end of the day. Or it's often due to making up for insufficient food intake thr Continue reading >>

Polyphagia - Increased Appetite

Polyphagia - Increased Appetite

Tweet Polyphagia is the medical term used to describe excessive hunger or increased appetite and is one of the 3 main signs of diabetes. An increase in hunger is usually a response to normal things such as intensive exercise or other strenuous activity, but polyphagia can also be the result of more severe issues such as depression or stress. Also known as hyperphagia, it is one of the three main symptoms of diabetes, along with: Polydipsia (increased thirst) and Polyuria (frequent, excessive urination) Causes of polyphagia Polyphagia can be caused by: Diabetes mellitus Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) Anxiety Stress Bulimia Binge eating disorder Hyperthyroidism (raised level of thyroid hormone) Premenstrual syndrome Certain prescription drugs such as corticosteroids Some psychiatric conditions Rare medical conditions such as Kleine-Levin Syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome Hunger and hyperglycemia In uncontrolled diabetes where blood glucose levels remain abnormally high (hyperglycemia), glucose from the blood cannot enter the cells - due to either a lack of insulin or insulin resistance - so the body can’t convert the food you eat into energy. This lack of energy causes an increase in hunger. Simply eating will not get rid of the hungry feeling of polyphagia in people with uncontrolled diabetes, as this will just add to the already high blood glucose levels. The best way to lower blood glucose levels is to exercise as this can help to stimulate insulin production and reduce blood sugar levels. However, if the hunger persists, you may need to consult your doctor or diabetes health care team. Hunger and hypoglycemia Increased appetite can also be caused by abnormally low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). If blood glucose readings Continue reading >>

Get In Touch With Your Appetite

Get In Touch With Your Appetite

There are many signals that tell us it's time to eat (other than a rumbling stomach): television ads, social events, smells from the food court, and the candy bowl at the office. These factors in the environment trigger our senses and other mental processes that make us think we are hungry even when were not. The Hunger Rating Scale can help you decide if you are experiencing real hunger. Remember that physical hunger builds gradually over time (usually over several hours after a meal), whereas emotional eating and cravings usually come on very suddenly. When you are genuinely hungry, you may experience one or several of the symptoms listed below: Before you eat, take a moment to rate your hunger. Think about how hungry you physically feel. Your goal is to eat between levels 4 and 6. This means you are eating when you are hungry but stopping when you are comfortably full. Try not to put off eating for too long. Waiting until level 1 or 2 when you are starving and unable to concentrate may lead to overeating. When you first start to feel any of the symptoms listed above, you should probably start to think about eating. We often let the sight of food tempt us when we are above a level 6 on the scale. Before you indulge, take a step back and think about how you feel. Did you just eat a few minutes ago? Are you eating in response to an emotion or because you are experiencing physical hunger? Think of alternatives to eating for when these temptations arise. Some ideas are: Drink a glass of cold water or another zero-calorie beverage Do another form of exercise (sit-ups, running, swimming, tennis, etc.) Do you like to knit or paint? Work on a hobby Download the Hunger Rating Scale and carry it with you in your wallet or purse. It can help you decide before you eat if you are Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes (also called type 2 diabetes mellitus) develop gradually—so gradually, in fact, that it’s possible to miss them or to not connect them as related symptoms. Some people are actually surprised when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes because they’ve gone to the doctor for something else (eg, fatigue or increased urination). The symptoms develop gradually because, if you have the insulin resistant form of type 2, it takes time for the effects of insulin resistance to show up. Your body doesn’t become insulin resistant (unable to use insulin properly) overnight, as you can learn about in the article on causes of type 2 diabetes. If you’re not insulin resistant—and instead your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to process glucose well—the symptoms also develop gradually. Your body will be able to “make do” with lower insulin levels for awhile, but eventually, you will start to notice the following symptoms. Here are some of the common symptoms of type 2 diabetes: Fatigue: Your body isn’t getting the energy it needs from the food you’re eating, so you may feel very tired. Extreme thirst: No matter how much you drink, it feels like you’re still dehydrated. Your tissues (such as your muscles) are, in fact, dehydrated when there’s too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Your body pulls fluid from the tissues to try to dilute the blood and counteract the high glucose, so your tissues will be dehydrated and send the message that you need to drink more. This is also associated with increased urination. Frequent urination: This is related to drinking so much more in an attempt to satisfy your thirst. Since you’re drinking more, you’ll have to urinate more. Additionally, the body will try to get rid of the excess g Continue reading >>

Why Am I Constantly Hungry (with Diabetes)?

Why Am I Constantly Hungry (with Diabetes)?

Question: Why am I constantly hungry (with diabetes)? Answer: Sometimes people do express feeling hungry all the time. There are a number of things that could be at play. Hunger and satiety, which means your sense of being full or satiated, can occur for a variety of reasons. We have places in the brain that control our feelings of fullness and satiety. And there may be some issues going on with the kinds of signals that you're getting to that part of the brain that may make you feel as if you're hungry all the time. Sometimes you may need to really ask yourself: are you really feeling hungry? Or is it you're feeling bored, or you're feeling discontent in some other place in life? It's not unusual for people to comfort with food and to meet other concerns in their life through their food, so it's important to really think about whether you're really hungry or not. If you are feeling hungry, then you want to take a look at your meal plan. Think about: are you getting enough food? Are you getting it spaced throughout the day properly? And if your answer is 'yes' to those questions, then you might want to think about some lower-calorie snack foods that you can have. Again, I would encourage you to look at the vegetable arena in particular and maybe some fruit as well. Lots of great crunchy snack foods like celery and carrots and cucumbers and squashes, which you can cut up and use, that oftentimes can help you feel a little more satiated and be able to have that crunchy feeling that often gives you satisfaction with eating. So think about it, are you really hungry? Are there reasons that your meal plan is not working for you? Start there first. If those are going well, then you want to take a look at some of those low-calorie snack foods to fill in, in between meals. Next: Continue reading >>

Polyphagia: The Relationship Between Hunger And Diabetes

Polyphagia: The Relationship Between Hunger And Diabetes

Is hunger a sign of diabetes? If you don’t have diabetes, could hunger be one of the signs of diabetes? Is being hungry all of the time (polyphagia) a sign that you should go get checked for diabetes? After all, polyphagia is one of the “3 Poly’s,” is part of a triad of symptoms indicating diabetes. In addition to polyphagia, or increased hunger, the symptoms of polyuria and polydipsia are also signs of diabetes. Susan’s story Susan was constantly hunger. She never seemed to feel satisfied as she snacked off and on all day long from increasing hunger pangs. Susan’s hunger had gotten progressively worse over the past year. She noticed that she had been going to the bathroom more frequently, and wasn’t sure if she might be getting a urinary tract infection. Oddly enough, she hadn’t gained any weight. She had even lost a few pounds. She visited her primary care provider, and relayed her symptoms to the nurse. The doctor recommended that Susan be checked for several different conditions, but the one that stuck out in Susan’s mind was diabetes. She had an aunt with diabetes. She remembered how sick she got, and how she’d spend her days in the dialysis unit. Susan didn’t want diabetes, at least the kind that she knew about from her aunt. When Susan contacted TheDiabetesCouncil, she was concerned that she did indeed have diabetes. She was waiting for her test results, but she was eager to find out if hunger was a sure sign that she has diabetes? I suggest reading the following articles: We decided to look into it for Susan. Let’s see what we found. Polyphagia: What is it? With polyphagia, even after having just eaten, you will feel hunger, or find that you have cravings for particular foods that monopolize your thoughts. The definition of polyphagia, wh Continue reading >>

Hungry?: Diabetes Forecast

Hungry?: Diabetes Forecast

Grumble. That's the sound your belly makes to let you know it's chow time. Ever wonder what triggered that hunger in the first place? Maybe you haven't eaten since breakfast and it's (gasp) 7:30 p.m. Or it's 10 a.m. and, even though you had a hearty bowl of steel-cut oatmeal just 2 hours ago, you find yourself facing a tray of richly glazed doughnuts. Whatever the reason, hunger is realand difficult to withstand, even when you know you don't "need" to eat. Driven by the increasing rates of obesity and the demand for weight-loss help among the non-obese, scientists are studying the biochemistry behind hunger, in some cases moving closer to creating drugs that can help people divert its relentless drive. Back when people lived in caves, hunger was an essential motivator for grabbing a spear and embarking on a potentially dangerous hunt. In this case, hunger was the result of the body's energy stores being low and in need of replenishment. And yet even after a massive prehistoric feast, hunger could still be triggered by, say, the sight of some ruby-red berries. This kind of hunger encouraged our ancestors to "eat 'em if you got 'em" because there might not be food around the next time they needed it. These Stone Age scenarios illustrate the two kinds of hunger: one driven by internal desire and one sparked by external opportunity. Unfortunately, modern human beings are still motivated by the same biochemistry as our ancestors, even though food abounds for most of us. The pleasure-seeking hunger of early humans has translated into an obesity and diabetes epidemic in modern times. "The cause of the obesity epidemic has to do with the brain," says Alain Dagher, MD, an associate professor at McGill University in Montreal. "The treatment of obesity will have to target the bra Continue reading >>

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