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Old 03-09-2013, 18:32   #1
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I don't know why, but I am contantly hungry the last few days. I definately don't need to be gaining any weight right now. (Not losing any would be bad enough.)

I've always had carbs in my diet, its nothing new. And it seems that I've been eating more protein than I usually do so I don't know whats going on. I'm on 30/70 novolin and haven't changed my dose or anything. Does anyone know what might be causing this hunger?

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Two guesses, and I know nothing about using insulin, so these are just guesses!

1. Don't know your age, but could it be hormonal? I used to have that problem during certain times in my cycle.

2. Carbs beg for more carbs...I know that for a fact with my body.




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Remember that dietary changes cause your body to process your insulin differently. When I was using insulin and got hungry I needed to reduce my basal levels a bit. I'm not sure how a mix would work. I'm sure someone will be on to offer better advice for you.

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Two guesses, and I know nothing about using insulin, so these are just guesses!

1. Don't know your age, but could it be hormonal? I used to have that problem during certain times in my cycle.

2. Carbs beg for more carbs...I know that for a fact with my body.
Yes,I'm thinking its a hormonal thing. I think I might have hypothyroidism. I went to the lab and got tested for it today. (I'm 40). In a way, I'm hoping that what it is, because if not then I dont know what to make of the other symptoms. Theres something about being able to put a title on something and know exactly what to do about it. I hope I don't gain any more weight. :0

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Could be thyroid, good to have it checked, could be hormones, could be too many carbs; but my thought is its more likely the insulin, or, in fact, too little when your body is starved for energy. I've had both, but when I was on a regimen of a long-acting insulin with meal-time boluses I'd get very hungry at times when I was using too much insulin. You may be, as David suggests, and like me, insulin sensitive - could also be why your doc is waiting to give you the meal-time boluses as well. I use much less insulin with my pump (well, usually), and have fewer episodes of hunger (also, well, usually).

In late-onset T1s, the big thing is the rate at which you lose insulin production. Often in juvenile diabetes, onset is precipitated by an illness that pretty much destroys beta cells right away. For late onset (sometimes called T1.5 or LADA) the beta cell destruction takes longer, maybe a period of years. The treatment is the same, vis, insulin, but its tricky to control because your insulin needs vary over time, generally becoming more and more critical as months tick by. It's frustrating, I know, but there's nothing for it but to tough it out and enjoy the times when glucose is properly balanced with food, etc.

Cutting carbs is nearly always a good idea as it definitely reduces the need for insulin. Lots of hidden carbs out there so you have to look carefully. A popular non-sugar sweetener around here actually has nearly as many carbs as sugar, for example. There are many others, so be sure to do your own research!

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