Can my diabetes cause me to have an insatiable appetite?

Your insatiable appetite could be due to your diabetes. There are many reasons why people can't stop eating. Sometimes it is more mental than physical. Since eating provides an immediate satisfaction, some people eat to cope with emotional needs that have little to do with physical hunger. And because eating doesn't truly satisfy these needs, these feelings often return very quickly and the person will keep eating. If diabetes makes your life feel less satisfying, it could contribute to your problem.
Another group of people physically can't tell when they've eaten enough. For some reason or another, their bodies don't signal that they're full and they continue to eat long after they've eaten more than they need.
Still other people eat to protect themselves from low blood glucose. Some are so afraid of ever going low that they constantly keep their levels really high. Dealing with these natural fears can make a big difference. People who frequently go low need to adjust their diabetes management plan, not overeat. Talk to your health care provider about any issues that might be causing your overeating.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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