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chriskc (@chriskc)

Extreme hunger

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: Aug 2, 2018 | Replies (8)

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Hello @chriskc and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I see that you are just beginning your adjustment to being a diabetic. It can be difficult. Changing eating and exercise patterns represent a major lifestyle change and it does take time to adapt. So give yourself a little room to make the changes you need to.

We have many members who have discussed Diabetes and I hope that they will join you in this discussion. I would especially like to invite a Member, @ihatediabetes to speak to this issue of change of lifestyle. She has made many successful changes. Also, @retiredteacher and mentor @gailb

Here is a link to a post from Mayo's website that discussed Type I diabetes and it does list hunger as a symptom https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20353011.

"Symptoms Type 1 diabetes signs and symptoms can appear relatively suddenly and may include:

Increased thirst
Frequent urination
Bed-wetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the night
Extreme hunger
Unintended weight loss
Irritability and other mood changes
Fatigue and weakness
Blurred vision"

However, from your post it sounds as if the extreme hunger did not begin until you started insulin usage. Is that correct?
Have you experienced other symptoms from this list as well?

I hope that you have a good adjustment to life as a diabetic. I look forward to hearing from you again and hearing how you are doing.


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Replies to "Hello @chriskc and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that you are just beginning your adjustment..."

Thank you for your reply. I have always had a very healthy appetite and consider myself a larger volume eater. I have had: increased thirst, frequent urination, unintended weight loss (before insulin) irritability & increased anxiety, tired and occasional blurry vision. I find myself growing a bit depressed thinking about how my quality of life has declined and feel that it will probably continue to do so. Last summer I was happy and looking forward to new experiences and here I am one year later in a place I never imagined being and it feels very discouraging.