Always Hungry

By Latest Reply 2008-11-30 12:11:58 -0600
Started 2008-09-21 09:51:06 -0500


58 replies

SkipT 2008-11-30 11:34:23 -0600 Report

I know this is going to fly in the face of what most of you have been taught, but when you have constant hunger pangs you are :
A. eating to many carbs
B. NOT eating enough fat. Despite what most of us have been taught, fat is filling. Eating fat doesn't make you fat. Whenever I experience hunger I eat something with a little fat and protein like peanut butter or cheese.

2008-11-30 12:09:53 -0600 Report

Skip T.
Thank you for your input. How true, How
True, eating protein and some fat does work. I was eating more Protein and fat,
but between my Husband and Doctor, who
was worried about Kidney Disease, so I started eating Vegetetrin, which was
wrong for me . To many Carbs. So I am
back to proetin and a litttle fat. Thanks again.
Your Friend Nancy

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-30 12:11:58 -0600 Report

I also personally think its the CARBS. But when I was on dialysis I had a low protein and drank alot of protein mix they gave me. But before when I had kidney problems I had to limit my protein, but not by choice. I too also agree protein is a big staple in a diet over carbs though…Debe

Hope - 26855
Hope - 26855 2008-11-30 00:19:27 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed about two years ago and have pretty much been in denial ever since. I did lose 20 pounds in the beginning; however, it's always been a struggle to keep from eating at night. So I eat. Slowly, my BS is creeping up. I truly believe my "hunger" pangs are a result of the fact that I don't drink enough liquids, because when I do drink at night, I don't want to eat. The down side of that is that I have to get up during the night to relieve my bladder. Sometimes ya just can't win!! :)

2008-11-30 12:04:07 -0600 Report

Hi Hope,
I do drink alot of fluids but some are wrong for me. Like diet soda's. I do like water, so I am drinking that and green tea. I am getting better, but still not there yet, But will be.
Your Friend,

brewski - 26746
brewski - 26746 2008-11-29 23:46:10 -0600 Report

I know what you mean. How ever for your own good fight that urge. One day at a time. Do not go over board. Hang tight girl.

2008-11-30 12:01:08 -0600 Report

I am hanging tight,and promise I will not go overboad agin. Thanks again.
Your Friend, Nancy

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2008-11-29 23:09:03 -0600 Report

My daughter said to eat meat or some form of protein when I need food. I tried it and it works. Good luck and if you need a shoulder I always near my phone.

Your Friend

brewski - 26746
brewski - 26746 2008-11-29 21:41:14 -0600 Report

I just say no. I do enjoy coffe. I'm sure that does'nt help but it works for me. Hang in tight.

2008-11-29 22:39:20 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply, I can't drink to much coffee because oh High Blood
Pressure, but I do like coffee. I will
hang in there tight.

queen of flirts
queen of flirts 2008-10-05 09:59:55 -0500 Report

I don't understand how your Doctor cannot be concerned about your high blood sugar counts and the weight gain. I had noted in the past the higher the blood sugar the hungrier I was. Makes no sense seems like we should not be hungary at those time. Plums, peppers, air popped popped corn, and pickles are what I eat when I am like that and can't look at another celery rib. And, I think the vinegar in the pickles actually reduce the sugar count. Also a POLISH Dinner, saurkraut, polish sausage and a couple of peirogies. Is filling and leaves a low sugar count afterwards. I say check your meds. One of them might be adding to the muchies craving. One of mine,Vicatin,was. And, I have been a compulsive over eater most of my live. It was like throwing kerosene on a fire. I know pain triggers my hungar too. I seek food for comfort. Overeaters Anon. might help you too. Hope some of my thoughts help. Queen Of Flirts

2008-11-29 22:36:40 -0600 Report

Thanks queen of flirts,
I am glad of your reply. I will try the Saurkraut and Polish sausage. I am really working to keep my B/S under
control, it hasn't been that high any longer.But needs to go lower. Thanks
for caring.

queen of flirts
queen of flirts 2008-09-27 07:38:49 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. I tell my Doctor and she just nods and says, "Ya I know it's hard." DUH? I snack on dill pickles, plums, roasted jalepno peppers, as well as the classic celery sticks, bell pepper strips. and ocassionally sugar free chocolates and hard candy. If anyone knows of a cure for the starving let em know, PLEASE

2008-09-27 10:32:38 -0500 Report

Thank you, Gueen of Flirts,
I get the same treatment from my Doctor.
She says to do just what I doing. I find if I eat some protein throughout the day in small portions, I do not get that starved feeling.I am sure trying.

2008-09-27 10:32:39 -0500 Report

Thank you, Gueen of Flirts,
I get the same treatment from my Doctor.
She says to do just what I doing. I find if I eat some protein throughout the day in small portions, I do not get that starved feeling.I am sure trying.

Ella Adams
Ella Adams 2008-09-27 06:11:32 -0500 Report

It seems as if were are all in the same boat.When I get hungry I get the shakes. Do you? I am trying to loose some weight I gained with chemo and Prednisone and it is hard,hard.
We Will just have to hang in there and hope for the best

2008-09-27 10:26:23 -0500 Report

Hi Ella ,
Yes I do have the shakes really bad when I get Hungry. I can't get food fast enough into my mouth. Even though I'm shaking so bad I miss. Then I feel better. It is kind of frighting but I am getting use to it. Thanks for your reply

Wrecklessone 2008-09-26 13:29:26 -0500 Report

I am with you, always hungry, gaining weight and the doc says it's fine. I don't know about you but I am looking for an answer. If I get one, I will let you know what it is.

2008-09-26 14:17:36 -0500 Report

Thank you, Wrecklessone,
I am also looking for answers to what is
to people like us in gaining weight and
trying every thing we can to be healthy,
There has to be someway that Diabetic people can be somewhat healthy and not be so misable. Our Doctors sometimes just do not understand. And maybe someday
the Doctors will give more understanding
to their patients. I will keep you informed on everything I have learned

morris.js 2008-09-26 14:30:51 -0500 Report

Hey Penny,
Though it is tough being Diabetic at times, it is not always doom and gloom for us. I have shared with a few others that in my case, getting diagnosed with Diabetes over 14 years ago did not mean anything to me, but when I almost died from some complications of the disease in October 2003, I realized that I needed to take it seriously. Because of this disease, I am more healthy today than I have been since my early 20's. It took a few years to get to this level, but it is achievable. Life can be worth living, even as a Diabetic. And boy do I live it now…LOL Some like Gabby and DonnaAnn know the things that I do now, which is considered hard for most my age let alone being a diabetic too…LOL

With the support of all your friends here, you will make progress I'm sure!
You guys are always in my thoughts and prayers. John

2008-09-27 02:51:34 -0500 Report

Hi Morris.js
You are so right!!!!, I forget there are pluses to knowing that a person has Diabetes, on how to take of yourself.
Being a new Diabetic, you can't see the
forest for the trees, but I am getting there. Maybe being Diabetic is a wake up
call to make a change in my life. Thank you for sharing with me. I'll make it yet with friends like you and others
from Diabetic Connect.

2008-09-27 10:21:41 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby,
You have been so helpful in your replys to me. I will read your discussion you
started > that you again for being there.
You are so needed.

GabbyPA 2008-09-26 06:31:25 -0500 Report

Hi Penny,
Something that I am just begining to try is Chia seeds. You soak them in water and it helps the water you drink fill you up, as they hold 7 times their size! Busy little buggers.
Anyway, there are many other health benefts to them, but they are an easy way to add fiber to your diet, and fiber makes you feel full.

2008-09-26 09:08:32 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
I am going to try them. I am going to the Health Food Store next week. I will get some. Do you use them on Salads?
Thank you. Have you tried the health bread Eziekal ( sp)

GabbyPA 2008-09-26 10:40:51 -0500 Report

The chia can go on anything. I soak my daily ration in a mason jar and add it to my water during the day or my tea. It really has no flavor so it just adds a kind of weird texture, but not a bad one. Tonight, I stir fries some veggies and threw a tablespoon in and it was an easy way to get the fiber in there.

I have tried Ezekiel bread. I personally am not a bread fan, and I don't like it. However, my mom likes it, specially toasted for breakfast. There are several varaities for it, and the carbs are great on it.

2008-09-26 12:45:02 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby,
You gave some good input, I will try the bread once. Is it low carb? I am goning to get chia seeds, they have to good.

DonnaAnn 2008-09-25 14:11:34 -0500 Report

you need to drink more water or fluids. Try eating foods full of fluids like fruits and veggie filled with water. This will help you feel full. Try eating protien with your meals. protien carries your carbs longer.

2008-09-25 15:11:02 -0500 Report

Thanks DonnaAnn.
Iam starting to drink and eat more water filled Veg.and fruits. I drink about 2 Gallons of water a day and some diet soda. I am sure trying. Thanks again
for reply and help.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-09-25 15:32:08 -0500 Report

I agree with DonnaAnn completely. I try to drink at least 8 oz. of water before I eat anything. Plus, I will chew sugar free gum between meals. This also helps me feel satisfied. I truly hope that you can get this undercontrol because the longer that your levels are out of control the more dangerous it is to your well being. Diabetis is nothing to mess around with. I am in you court praying that you will apply some of the suggestions that you have been given
Your friend, Leigh

2008-09-26 02:03:14 -0500 Report

Thanks Leigh,
Your concern is so welcomed. I feel so much at home here at Diabetic Connect,
with all of members that care about all
of us. All of you have really helped me.
Blessings to all of you.

timmer 2008-09-25 14:00:35 -0500 Report


you might want to read up on an injection called Byetta. it helps your body create insulin . it also helps curb hunger.i have only been using it just over a week once in the morning and once before dinner.. it helps my hunger issue from 7-10 pm.
best wishes,

2008-09-25 15:07:10 -0500 Report

Thanks Timmer,
I will check this out with my Dr. It sure sounds good. I am sure fighting
to control this disease. Thanks again
for sharing.

Lori Dee
Lori Dee 2008-09-25 07:59:49 -0500 Report

As it was explained to me in the diabetes class I took, if the sugar isn't getting into your cells, where it belongs, because of low insulin or insulin resistance, it hangs out outside your cells where it's picked up and ends up in your blood stream. Your cells aren't getting fed (which is why we do need some carbs) and your brain decides it will prompt you to eat more as it's starving on a cellular level. Once my blood sugar was under control, most of the time my appetite was, and is, as well.

2008-09-25 10:04:31 -0500 Report

Thanks Lori Dee,
That makes sense, thank you for sharing
this with me. I am excited, I read everyones input and watching my B/S for
a few days and given myself more insulin
and watching my portions, I B/S has started to come down, This morning my B/S was 131 instead of 2 nights ago 500
I was so excited. Thank all of you for your help, you saved me from having a diabetic coma.

Jlynn 2008-09-23 18:14:50 -0500 Report

OH-BOY First of all please,Id consider getting A second opinion, or/and if you feel like your not being heard by current doctor,YELL!!
I had those same symptoms you are,before I was diagnosed and put into ICU; with ketacodosis.
EEN SCARY;My mind and memory was diminishing, Id forget,longknown names,numbers and dates.and get lost in a small small town I had lived in for 3 yrs. A week before I was in ICU, I was stoped for a suspected D.U.I I was straight SOBER!!
And the truth, I did not see that I
was so badly ill.

The high sugars,cause hunger,thirst and fatigue.If your sugars are high and you eat and dont take insulin to compensate for the high sugars and the amount of carbs. your adding to it then, ??

I may be wrong its just that I got some great goose bumps reading your symptoms and even though you say your type 2, it so greatly reminded me, of ME…
I hope you can gain the "MO_JO" or? to challenge your DR> to take you, for you and help you get to feeling better…
…also, high munbers can cause depression,and that only adds to the over-all "POOPEE-Feelings"
Good luck

Lori Dee
Lori Dee 2008-09-23 05:13:08 -0500 Report

If your blood sugar is high, I think you do feel more hungry. Your insulin isn't getting into your cells. Your cells think you're hungry. When I got my blood sugar under control (with meds and diet) I found myself much less hungry. Maybe work on getting the blood sugar under control first? Are you watching your carb intake?

2008-09-23 09:46:02 -0500 Report

Thank you Lori Dee,
I just did not think of my cells being
hungry, due to my High Blood Sugar. I am
going to try very hard to get my Blood sugar under control.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-09-23 04:21:25 -0500 Report

I also have type 2 diabetis. I have noticed that I go through stages of starving vs. not wanting to eat. Both feel like they are like a nicotine fit! It gets that desperate. I drink a glass of water before I allow myself to eat anything. It curbs the amount that I eat. I wish you the best of outcomes.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-09-23 04:21:24 -0500 Report

I also have type 2 diabetis. I have noticed that I go through stages of starving vs. not wanting to eat. Both feel like they are like a nicotine fit! It gets that desperate. I drink a glass of water before I allow myself to eat anything. It curbs the amount that I eat. I wish you the best of outcomes.

2008-09-23 09:38:35 -0500 Report

Thanks Leigh Marsden,
The problem needs to be adressed that I
have too high Blood Sugar, Now it is in my hands to work on this problem. Thanks to everyone who have shone me ideas that
I did not know.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-09-23 03:30:09 -0500 Report

When my son was out of control with his BS, he was hungry all the time, but since he has gotten undercontrol, he does not eat as much…I think that he was a little depressed also…Eating 5-6 small meals may help…Good luck!!!

2008-09-23 09:43:27 -0500 Report

Thank you Frustrated Mom,
Your input is so valuable to me. To
know that I am not the only one this
has happened to, I have to check my Blood Sugar more often and watch my Carb.

CMeli1027 2008-09-23 02:17:02 -0500 Report

I've heard that sometimes when you feel really hungry, you actually are thirsty and your brain is mixing up the signals that your body is sending. Thirst would make sense given your high BGs.

I know this certainly isn't the only thing going with you, but it might be a part of it!

caspersmama 2008-09-23 03:54:17 -0500 Report

My Dr. says that when you feel hungry drink a glass of water and wait 30 minutes. If you are truly hungry then eat, but like you said your body may just need something. I have found sugar free gum and hard candy work when you think you need something. But my thing was snacking so much and since I have gotten more under control that seems to have subsided some.

2008-09-23 09:33:10 -0500 Report

Thanks ilvtony20,
I am going to try the sugar free gum and hard candies, it makes sense to have
the gum and candies instead of a three
course meal when I get so hungery.

timmer 2008-11-29 21:57:11 -0600 Report

Geez with all everyone has said it seems we all have the eating disease. my Dr. said Lantus wiil increase hunger. I started on Lantus 6 weeks ago and gained nearly 15 pounds. Yikes !! . yes, vegetables are good for you but I'm petrifed I will turn into a rabbit. My dog even looks at me at night and I swear he's saying " are you eating again ?" If there are any other ways of satisfying the nightly hunger binge ,please advise. The only thing that tastes good at night are apples and sugar free cookies.

wish you all well.

2008-09-23 09:23:25 -0500 Report

Thank you,CMeli1027
What you reply,makes a lot of sense, and
I am going to apply that to my getting better.

morris.js 2008-09-22 14:47:31 -0500 Report

Your worrying and stressing about things are also going to have an impact of how much you eat. Stress will drive you to thinking you are hungry. Like someone else suggested, try eating some raw veggies when the urge gets to be too much. Also try to find some ways to deal with the worrying. Either some deep breathing exercises, or listening to some music, or whatever gives you relaxation. Take your mind off you troubles a bit, and you will also take your mind off your hunger.
I promise you that if you can find a way to stress less, your cravings will also start to go away.
I wish you the best of luck, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. John

2008-09-23 01:52:34 -0500 Report

Thank you Morris.Js
I have been under a huge amount of stress
and worry for a few years now. It is stress about others and their plights.
I am going to take my life back and take
care of me. Thanks again for your reply
It helped me.

teddybearcub1960 2008-09-23 03:19:30 -0500 Report

Thanks Morris Js
And I have to agree that stress does make your bs go up. Mine has been doing that for the last two weeks at least. So I'm going to try what you have said and try to forget the worrying and stress.

Avera 2008-09-22 10:43:34 -0500 Report

If your blood sugar gets too high, it can make you hungry. Keep checking it and try to get it under control. This will help in most cases.

2008-09-22 14:45:05 -0500 Report

Thanks Averia,
I thought it was the other way around.
That the higher your blood sugar, you would be less hungry. I sure was wrong.
I am going to work on my blood sugar as of now.

marvinvwinkle 2008-09-22 09:43:18 -0500 Report

If you are hungry, it's because you are hungry or depressed. If it is depression, you need to realize it and get some help with it. If it is because you are hungry, then maybe you should start eating 6 to 7 smaller meals a day. You can eat some very filling meals just watch the carbs. Also you have to understand that high blood sugar causes you to want to eat more. As you get your blood sugar into control, the desire to eat goes down. I know, because I have lost the 100 lbs you are talking about, but still have about 30 lbs to go. If I slip I just bring my self back and don't get down on myself. I really believe that most people that have lost a lot of weight slip sometimes, they just don't give up. Good luck to you(because you are the only one that will bring you luck) and start your journey today, one step at a time. Patch

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-21 10:02:15 -0500 Report

I too am always hungry due to my medication and prednisone. I for one cleared everything out of sight I should eat. Out of sight Out of mind. I have cut raw vegetales up and even though I rather have something else just the time chewing and digesting them make you realize you get fuller faster. Get SF jello cups and SF -Fatfree Cool whip. I put it between 2 reduced fat graham crackers and make ice cream sandwiches and put in the freezer. My nieces love them too. I think I lost 5 #s just talking and reading everytng on this site. The friends here have help me so much…

2008-09-21 10:07:21 -0500 Report


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caspersmama 2008-09-22 06:03:22 -0500 Report

I too and hungry alot. I did the raw veggies too but my snack of choice these days are a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese ( 35 calories) and 6 triscuits. Maybe u can ask your Dr for a suggestion. Mine says to eat oatmeal when you want a snack, it is filling and will last awhile.