Craving is this intense desire to really want to eat something. For some people it may be as weird as ice-cream sprinkled with cheese, for others as simple as bread, fruits, chocolate, potato chips, or a burger. Well, normal people crave only when their blood sugar goes down i.e. in hypoglycemic state but diabetics can still crave with normal blood sugar. The reason behind this is the insufficient production of insulin or insulin resistance. Insulin is required by cells for uptake of glucose, therefore, despite plenty of glucose in the body, when there is insulin underproduction or resistance the cells starve, this is when craving for sugars occur.
Some logical reasons why a diabetic feels so feeble and vulnerable in front of his cravings:
HYPOGLYCEMIA: Their sugars level goes down because of therapeutic reasons or because of long fasting.
CHROMIUM DEFICIENCY: Chromium is vital to absorb and utilize insulin. When someone is deficient in chromium, craving for sweet begins. Unfortunately, as one eats foods with high glycolic index, the glucose further strips the body of chromium, setting up a vicious cycle.
CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY: In type 2 diabetes, deficiency of essential nutrients especially calcium and magnesium make the body starved and craving occur.
There are certain remedies to cope craving:
- Go for proteineous diet instead of sugary
- Try to distract yourself.
- Replace sweets and sugars with fruits
- Chew sugar free gum.
- Control your emotions and temptations.
Abandoning the habit of craving is a long journey, not a one day procedure. Self-control, it requires. Sometimes you may even feel bad about it but still you have to do this at all costs.