Sugar Cravings After Meals

Crystal Jade osmanthus cake with wolfberry.

Everyday, without fail, I have intense cravings for something sweet after meals. I read somewhere that this condition is the result of hypoglycemia, in layman’s term, low blood sugar. Here is the logic. Blood sugar rises in the blood after meals. The pancreas releases insulin to make cells in the body absorb the extra glucose from the blood. In my case, too much insulin is produced, causing blood sugar level to drop too low. The body attempts to correct this imbalance by triggering the craving for sugary food.

There were times when it got so bad that I became extremely irritable and weak. I practically binged on anything sweet that I could get my hands on – carbonated drinks, chocolates and biscuits. These episodes are not so bad now since I moved in to stay with Wuan. Still, I really need to manage myself better. It is torturous to get these cravings and not having anything sweet in the house to satiate it. We do not keep a lot of snacks here. I need to constantly remind myself to take smaller meals more frequently to maintain a consistent blood sugar level. If I had followed what the dieticians recommended, I would not be in this predicament now. I can already hear them going “Tsk tsk.”

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

4 thoughts on “Sugar Cravings After Meals”

  1. sugar craving? cos you are not sweet enough la~! 🙂
    see, I don’t even ad sugar in my Long Expresso one, I is very the sweeeet~! 🙂

    (kacau only)

    Going to soak myself in a vat of syrup…

  2. too much insulin released is better than no insulin… that would have been a greater concern….

    I need to keep it at a consistent level. Too much causes extreme mood swings and a string of other undesirable symptoms in me.

  3. Have you tested yourself for diabetes? Hate to say it but this is one of the symptoms. Conversely to your explanation,not enough insulin results in the cells not being able to efficiently absorb the sugars in the system resulting in your cells erroneously sending signals to increase the intake of sugar which inevitably increases your blood sugar level.

    My blood glucose level is normal. What I need to do is to manage my meal and mealtime better.

  4. OK ,thats good to hear buddy.Maybe what you need are small portions in your regular meals and snacks in between to keep the blood sugar levels constant. I could stand to lose a few pounds, middle age syndrome – same calorific intake even as we age.

    I need to lose some weight too. My pants are getting tight.

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