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Feb 07, 2022

Does it feel like your appetite grew into a giant overnight? It’s actually more common than you would think and most importantly, it’s easy to chop that beanstalk down to size without an axe. Studies show that 50% of people report low levels of satisfaction with being full or don’t stay full for too long.

This increase in appetite can be caused by numerous factors, but are not limited to:

  • stress, depression, or anxiety
  • premenstrual syndrome and pregnancy
  • bulimia
  • hyperthyroidism
  • Graves’ disease
  • hypoglycemia or low blood sugar
  • diabetes

These are the most common underlying health conditions linked to a sudden increase in appetite. More often than not, our bodies give us signals that we often ignore and leave for later, waiting for the problem to go away on its own. In most cases with diabetes and low blood sugar, if detected early, the symptoms can be treated and managed better.

Here are some tips below that may assist to remedy a growth in appetite without having to change your diet:

  1. Get enough sleep.
  2. Assess if your mental health and emotional wellbeing are fine.
  3. Stay hydrated.
  4. Avoid stressful and toxic environments.

Stay in the loop regarding your health

Before taking any suppressants or pills, or self-diagnosing, remember that it’s always best to see a professional. Bestmed offers all its members access to one Health Assessment (HA) each year as part of our Bestmed Tempo wellness programme. You can complete your HA at any Dis-Chem, Clicks, Van Heerden Pharmacy, Alpha Pharm or Sparkport pharmacies by simply calling any of the mentioned pharmacies to book your appointment.

 

References
Health24. (2021, December 3). Why are you always hungry? Retrieved from Health24: https://www.news24.com/health24/diet-and-nutrition/why-are-you-always-hungry-20211122
Healthline. (2019, July 12). What Can I Do to Stop Feeling Hungry All the Time Without Eating? Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/appetite-increased#causes

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