Why do I want to eat when I’m high?

Due to some bad decisions and poor timing, my blood sugar is at 337 mg/dl. The bad decisions have to do with a co-worker bringing in some more goodies, and me deciding to eat some!

The poor timing has to do with the fact that the bolus I took for said goodies is/was not nearly fast enough to take the edge off the spike in blood sugar.

My question is this. My blood sugar is really high, and my stomach is full of goodies – why do I have this urge to eat more of something? I’m not hungry, but all I can think about is what I want to eat! Some salty high carb food. Crackers, chips, stuff like that.

I believe that it has to do with the “feel good” chemicals that our brains produce. I feel crappy because I’m high, so my brain is trying to convince me to eat more carbs to make me feel good! To get that temporary endorphin high that comes along with eating something good (and for me that usually does not mean good for me).

I have mentioned before, and I’ll say it again here – it is cruel and unusual punishment to make me want to eat when my BG is high.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…