By Sherelle112 Latest Reply 2013-09-08 14:41:38 -0500
Started 2013-09-04 20:58:08 -0500

Hey Gang!!!
I need a little advice… idk what's been going on, but for the last week I haven't had an appetite.. AT ALL. I've been forcing myself to eat bc I take Metformin & I know the risks of taking it on an empty stomach. I just don't understand. Luckily, I've been able to keep numbers under control while eating very little, but it's starting to freak me out. Have any of you had a loss of appetite & what did you do!?!?
Just really frustrated at the changes Diabetes is putting my body through!!!

11 replies

Survivor7311 2013-09-08 14:41:38 -0500 Report

yes ! i've had this happen before because of both my diabetes and kidney disease. I at least attempted to eat crackers and if i couldnt eat i got the boost drinks or the glucerna drinks and drunk one of those to substitute for my meal

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Kelsey Michele ? 2013-09-07 17:55:09 -0500 Report

I have lost my appetite before, for about 3 weeks. All I did was eat 4 or 5 small portioned snacks throughout the day to keep my sugar up and did my shots as I normally did and then my appetite slowly came back. :)

NaoV1 2013-09-05 22:25:30 -0500 Report

I would tell my doc and also keep some drinks type "meals" around like Glucerna or Boost . .I like the chocolate ones LOL . . that way at least you get nutrients needed , , plus take walks if possible or some exercise at least 20 mins a day - that can help work up an appetite also . .but def see the doc about it . . it also could be a "mental thing" because a lot of diabetics tend to suffer from depression also . .diabetes normally comes in pairs, blood pressure or diabetes . . :(

Sherelle112 2013-09-06 04:49:10 -0500 Report

Lovely!! :/

NaoV1 2013-09-06 15:15:25 -0500 Report

I know BUT KEEP THE FAITH SISTA!! Remember . . you may have these things, but they don't have to have you!! :) (PS . . make sure you check your Vitamin D level too . .that throws your body off also . .trust me I KNOW . .:P

cowboyslbug 2013-09-05 15:33:54 -0500 Report

I would suggest a blood test to check thyroid levels. But don't panic it could be that your dose just need to be changed. Metformin will decrease your appetite

Sherelle112 2013-09-05 20:14:15 -0500 Report

I believe I had my thyroid checked a month ago when I had my 3 month check-up. I've been on Metformin since April 1 so it's hard for me to believe it all of a sudden changed my appetite this drastically.

cowboyslbug 2013-09-05 20:38:17 -0500 Report

I have both diabetes and graves. It took a long time to have the graves diagnosed blood work didn't find it I had further testing after several repeat blood test over time. Some of the symptoms are similar to diabetes so I had no clue. Definitely make sure you mention these symptoms of decreased appetite to your doctor so she/he can record even if he/she has no answer now it may help latter. You could also have other unrelated health issues.
Some medications take time to work I'm not sure specifically about metformin.

Nick1962 2013-09-05 09:34:16 -0500 Report

Happens to me frequently, but I don’t find it a bad thing. There are days I have to tell myself to eat. Lots of reasons for it, but as long as you’re getting the base nutrition you need, I’d count it one of those lucky days you don’t have to watch what you put in your mouth.

Sherelle112 2013-09-05 20:20:16 -0500 Report

True. But if feels the same as when I knew something was wrong with my body 5 months ago when I was drinking & peeing every 2 seconds & was diagnosed with diabetes. Im just afraid I'm not eating enough to mk my body function properly. This morning it took me 4 hrs to eat my banana for b'fast. And that's all I had. Trust me, I'm happy I'm losing weight, but feel its important to keep doing it the RIGHT way!!

Nick1962 2013-09-06 08:06:13 -0500 Report

Like NaoV1 suggested, if you’re concerned about not getting in your daily requirements, keep a few meal replacement drinks on hand. Like others have also mentioned, medications like Met, as well as emotions have a lot to do with it. For me it’s usually not loss of appetite, but loss of desire to eat the things I should. Yeah, it takes me all morning to eat an orange sometimes. Times like that I allow myself a little cheat like an egg mcmuffin which kind of re-energizes my metabolism and I’m good again.
When you’re on a restricted diet like we are, I’ve found this happens kind of regularly. Sometimes it’s just plain moodiness, but if it stretches out for a month, it’s worth mentioning to your doctor.