hunger attacks


I get these things I call "hunger attacks". Where I get shaky, need to eat, and feel like I could pass out.

I think it's from too much sugar.

I seriously use like 8 packets of sugar in my cereal.

Does anyone else get this.

Plus I had one tonight along with tons of anxiety. I kept thinking I was going to pass out. [img][/img] it sucks.

On Sep 28, 2007

Yes! I get this way! It is hypoglycemia! You need to eat about 6 small meals a day. High protein balanced with "good" carbs. (but not a lot of em) That hunger attack is your blood sugar dropping. I carry glucose tabs that I get at the pharmacy to keep on hand if I get a low blood sugar attack and am out. Then I eat as soon as I can. Bananas kick in pretty quick. I would go to the docs and get a fasting blood sugar test run. Then they can diagnose you and give you some more tips. [img][/img]

On Sep 28, 2007

That happens if I eat waffles or pancakes, drop in blood sugar! If I don't eat soon enough in the day, same thing... Like mandymom said, it sounds like hypoglycemia!

On Sep 28, 2007

I was going to suggest you go to your doctor and ask for a Fasting Glucose Test. It's a 2 hr test where you fast for 12 hours before, then you go in an drink this glucose drink, then you get your blood taken every 30 minutes for 2 hrs. Sometimes, they give you a longer test.

It's helpful to know why you hypoglycemic --- there could be more to it (or not). For example: I was *finally* diagnosed with something called PCOS, which is basically "insulin resistance". You don't have to be overweight to have it. It's basically pre-diabetes Type II. It explained SO many things, including a large weight gain over the past few years, adult acne, lethargy, and reactive hypoglycemia (about 20 minutes after I'd eat I'd feel very very very tired).

When I started treatment (they put me on Metformin), if I'd get just an inkling of being hungry --- I'd get shaky, feel so hungry it would be like I wanted to vomit, etc. It went away after a while --- it was my body just getting used to processing glucose/insulin more effectively.

So --- if you are getting shakes and think it's should get it checked out. Maybe it's nothing. For me - we caught it all early. Another year and another 15 pounds and I will have been full blown Type II diabetic. Which would have sucked. We caught the issue early and now I'm losing weight, eating better, feeling better, getting fit, and can probably keep Type II away (at least until I get much much older)


On Sep 28, 2007

It sounds like hypoglycemia to me, too. The problem is, our bodies burn "refined sugars" really fast, and then sometimes can't regulate the overall blood sugar level after the burn. If you put that much sugar on your cereal, your blood sugar gets really high, then plummets, making you feel like **** . I know from experience. [img][/img]

I went on a really low carb diet, and cut out all carbs except occasional fresh veggies and fruits, and brown rice. I was amazed at how all of those low blood sugar attacks stopped. I felt so much better mid morning and mid afternoon. Amazingly, alot of my cravings went away also.

On Sep 28, 2007

Thanks everyone!

I don't think it's nessescarily diabetes. Just because I'm not gaining weight or losing...

Lori Jo - What are the best foods to eat all day (I don't like bananas or much fruit for that matter) to keep these away (what did you eat on your diet?)?

I've been eating lots of cheese and dry cereal, yogurt, summer sausage, crackers...

On Sep 28, 2007

I think it is better to eat small portions with protein to keep your blood sugar stable. If you try to raise it with something sugary (even natural sugar in fruits), sometimes it goes feel better...but then you "crash". That is my experience in seeing how my mother was affected.

On Sep 28, 2007

Dry Cereal and crackers are off limits! :0 They are carbs. Anything made from wheat, oat, rice, etc, especially once it's been processed, bleached, etc.

Fruit is carbs too, but not refined, so it doesn't get metabolized quite as fast. Beware canned fruit packed in syrup (more sugar.)

I ate cheese, cheese, and more cheese. I am the queen of cheese sticks! Also alot of nuts (that was before PA dd). Don't know you're exact allergies, but Blue Diamond almonds are PN free. I keep those at work now for snacking. Hard boiled eggs were good also.

If you want to really go low carb, do some looking around on the internet about bad carbs (refined, etc), good (unrefined, whole grain) and basic carb load of foods. It is easy to find. I lost 50lbs that way, and really felt much better thru out the day with out all those episodes of blood sugar crashing. I didn't do any specific diet plan, but tried to limit myself to 1-2 servings of carbs a day, preferably of the unrefined sort. And I let myself eat when ever I was hungry - big plus for me! [img][/img] So I'd have a 2 egg cheese omelette at 9pm, guilt free.

Went from a size 14 to a size 6. [img][/img] But like I said, it was also really nice not to go thru those episodes like you described in your post any more.

On Sep 28, 2007

I forgot to add, yogurt has a ton of carbs/sugar also. Carbs are listed on all nutritional info, so it's easy to keep track of what you're eating.

I actually avoid all carbs in the morning. That way I don't crater at work. It's not all that exciting, but 2-3 cheese sticks on my way to work will actually do me just fine until lunch.

On Sep 28, 2007

Great ideas!

I guess I just love the carbs...

And I thought yogurt was healthy? LOL..

But I have a question...Since there's excess saturated fat in cheese, isn't that a bad thing? I'm so scared to have a heart attack because of clogged arteries, (I'm a worry wart).

Oh and I consider myself PN/TN/Sunflower allergic. Blood tests said I'm not, but till I can get a challenge, I'm still thinking I am.