Sweating while u eat???

By serenity_of_the_heart Latest Reply 2017-03-06 13:49:24 -0600
Started 2010-04-23 14:29:01 -0500

Ok I have been diabetic for 25 years. My question is do any of you sweat while you eat???? It only happens when i am eating, and it deosnt matter how much or what i am eating but i sweat so badly that my hair is soaked and my bf sees it running down my neck. I am wondering if this happens to any of you other diabetics out there…i asked my doctor and she has no clue what could be causing this…its really quite annoying and i hate it

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JJ type1
JJ type1 2017-03-06 13:49:24 -0600 Report

I just realized that I do this more recently and had to look it up. Seems like it could be a number of reasons. Nerve damage, thyroid, allergies… for me I think my reason may be my thyroid. I've been off my medication due to coverage issues and it's gotten worse. I recommend getting that checked out just in case. I've had type 1 for 20 years as a child and probably have done quite a bit of damage with uncontrolled sugars. I've been trying to go vegetarian and being more conscious of my diet and lifestyle choices but I guess we will see after giving it a few years.

KGoldring 2016-08-31 16:51:24 -0500 Report

I too have been diabetic 26 years I am g acing severe sweating when I eat.. I really need to know what is this I am so glad I am not alone. I thought I was the only one going through this.

No fun to eat
No fun to eat 2016-03-07 22:18:00 -0600 Report

I've been bothered with this sweating issue now close to two years, It is frustrating, aggravating, annoying and bothersome when it comes time to eat. It doesn't matter if its a cookie, burger, full plate, ice cream or Endure it will cause me to sweat… my face, scalp and neck. I keep a wet face cloth close to keep me cool. I chew ice as to help lower body temp till I am finished eating my food plus I have to eat fast which makes it hard to enjoy. It almost feel like the back of my eyes are sweating as well. It takes 10-15 minutes for the sweating to subside then my body get extremely cold. I have a fan blowing directing in my face, but to no avail. I am dripping sweat from my face, scalp and neck. Bummer…I do understand your concerns. May the Creator of heavens and earth throgh His grace open your to the answers you seek.

MommaB2-3 2016-02-17 22:10:41 -0600 Report

My husband sweats when he eats no matter what he is eating. After spending 6 days in ICU, it was discovered he has hypokalemia, which is chronic low potassium. Even taking potassium supplements he experiences profuse sweating. The Drs informed us that this condition is extremely hard to diagnose. We were "lucky" to have figured this out.

Bricefrank 2015-10-26 14:02:19 -0500 Report

yes I have been sweating really bad for about 3 or 4 yrs now and im sick of it I am type 2 and I did research that its called DIABETIC GUSTATORY SWEATING. I will be in contact with my doctor in a few days to see what we can do moving forward this fixing this issue. Thx

LYDIASG 2014-10-15 15:33:20 -0500 Report

I too sweat often even when I'm just washing dishes and at times just when after I eat. Runny nose too .Doctor says I have an allergy and tested my urine and blood . Waiting for the results

Anonymous 2014-09-17 21:48:21 -0500 Report

It's a common nerve damage problem. I just started experiencing the same thing. I don't think there's much you can do for it.

Bron1 2014-04-26 05:43:41 -0500 Report

Hi I'm recently experiencing the exact same symptoms have you found and solutions…it's very annoying..

jayabee52 2014-04-26 13:14:12 -0500 Report

Unfortunately Bron, this discussion was from 4 yrs ago. People come and go here and the original poster may not be here anymore. (haven't seen any posts from her recently - but maybe she is just lurking too) I hope you read the other replies below, which may give you suggestions of things to investigate.

God's best to you


JBooms1983 2013-12-03 12:24:35 -0600 Report

Hello; I have recently been having the same issue. I have been paying close attention and it does not matter what I eat. I can have a delish healthy salad or a slice of pizza and my whole forehead and scalp get clammy and sweaty. It is embarrassing and aggravating. I even told my boyfriend that with all the complications I have, I may hate this the worst. I hate eating in public nowadays. My dr also was a bit confused on what causes this. She is having me do a 24 hour urine collection. I will get back to you with the results once I have them. I have been doing my own research and the best diagnosis I can come up with is Gustatory Sweating.

Anonymous 2013-04-21 21:04:20 -0500 Report

I know you posted this a long time ago but I just came across it in an internet search for sweating when eating. I sweat every time I eat too and have never been able to figure out why!! It doesn't matter if it's butter bread or sometimes even yogurt. My forehead starts to become clammy and then I notice it on the back of my neck. Glad to know I'm not the only one out there with this crazy rubber duck problem. It also drives me crazy and everyone kind of jokes with me because I use a roll of paper towels instead of a napkin. I'm a Type 1 Diabetic of 17 years and my doctor couldn't tell me why this would happen either. Did you ever find anything out?

serenity_of_the_heart 2010-04-26 07:43:14 -0500 Report

My sugars arent changing when it happens, the doc has no clue as to what its from…it happens EVERYTIME i eat ANYTHING!! and yes it is VERY annoying lol

kittenpurr1 2011-03-15 23:35:23 -0500 Report

I have noticed I have an underarm odor now, I am on lots of meds. so I wonder if it's the meds coming out, I didn't have this problem, until I was diagnosed Jan. 25th this year, so all this is new to me.
Maybe the thyroid needs to be checked.

northernpines 2010-04-26 19:58:24 -0500 Report

I have had the same thing happen to me my hair is soaked it is the most disgusting feeling.I just had my Thyroid checked and my levels were abnormal.I have an appt to go in and get checked and discuss this issue with the Dr.I to took my sugar and there were no changes.Maybe you need to get your Thyroid checked that has alot to do with body temp.

northerngal 2011-04-23 08:40:55 -0500 Report

I agree with the suggestion to have your Thyroid checked. Diabetes and thyroid problems are both auto-immune diseases and could be related. Mine was super hyper-active as the result of a serious kidney/bladder infection. But it didn't cause sweating while eating. I would also suggest having a cardiologist check your heart functioning. Even young people who've dealt with D for many years can develop heart disease from the fluctuating bs levels. You may be young and in excellent shape, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. If your Dr has no clue, or isn't helping with further tests 1) Get a new Dr. 2) Don't give up until you have answers 3) If the Dr is offended by your insistence, they don't have your best interests in mind anyway and aren't doing you any good. Good luck and don't stop asking questions

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-24 13:27:10 -0500 Report

That happens to me when my blood sugar drops too low, but not when I eat (unless something spicey). Are you having this occur EVERY time you eat, or just occasionally? Very strange. I'm sure it must be annoying.

dietcherry 2010-04-24 09:54:55 -0500 Report

Gosh, I don't have a clue! Are you having hot flashes when you eat? But with a hot flash, you not only sweat, it also feels like your blood is boiling! If you're just having the sweating, it is probably not a hot flash! Low blood sugar can make you sweat; try checking it next time it happens, I guess. Good luck! :)

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-04-24 06:09:26 -0500 Report

I get the kind of sweats you're describing if I drink a glass of wine. I immediately start sweating like a pig. So I've (reluctantly) stopped drinking my occasional glass. I figure it must be spiking my BS.

Hasn't happened with food, tho, so can't help you there. I'd ask my doc.

imsuzie2 2010-04-24 18:21:33 -0500 Report

I sometimes sweat when I eat, and my nose starts to run. I figure it is a hot flash, as it also happens when I am getting dressed and getting ready for bed. I blame it on the 3 of 8 lights in the bathroom (I need at least 3 to see), even tho they are the energy ones that are low wattage and aren't sposed to throw off heat. Are you of menopause age? If so, welcome to the club. That brings to mind, are you under a light? If I am near a light fixture, I FEEL the heat it throws off…