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Hungry? Blame Your Blood Sugar.

If you find yourself craving high-calorie meals at certain points in the day, it could be justified. Here are ways to be conscious of what your body is telling you and keep your blood sugar levels balanced. If you find yourself craving high-calorie meals at certain points in the day, it could be your blood sugar levels that are to blame.

Blood sugar plays a major role in feelings of hunger, say scientists from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour. Here are some ways to be conscious of what your body is telling you and keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Listen to your body

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, could lead to seizures, coma or even death. When your body detects this problem, it has ways of signalling you to fix it, including making you crave food that will balance your levels. In their study, the Society's scientists found that people with lower glucose levels had more activity in the brain when they were presented with pictures of fattening foods.

However, when it comes to feeling full, your genes are to thank, according to the study. Upon eating a meal and balancing blood sugar, some subjects still felt hungry. Twins who participated typically consumed similar quantities to each other, suggesting that, while low blood sugar triggers feelings of hunger, it doesn't have an influence on feeling full. So, while you should listen to your body when you're craving fatty foods, you may want to limit your portions for optimal levels of blood sugar.

Managing your blood sugar

You don't have to turn to a chocolate bar to get your blood sugar levels back on track. There are many other ways to balance the dips. When you start to feel a drop, the ADA advises eating just 15 grams of glucose or simple carbohydrates, which can be found in two tablespoons of raisins, one tablespoon of sugar or honey, one half cup of fruit juice or by taking a glucose tablet. Within 15 minutes, you should start to feel a little better.

To reduce your risk of it happening altogether, the source recommends getting enough sleep and remember to eat sufficiently. Also, make a habit of closely monitoring your blood sugar if you have diabetes.

At Sunrise Living, many people in our assisted living communities live with diabetes or other special dietary needs. The needs of each individual resident are met by our highly skilled, award-winning chefs. Contact us today to find out more.

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