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7 *Shocking* Medical Reasons Why You Feel Hungry Always!

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Imagine you are in the middle of a meeting and you start to feel so hungry that you have to get out of it! Well, it can be quite embarrassing. So, if you are wondering what could be the reason for your constant hunger, you have come to the right place!

Hunger is a basic instinct that every living being experiences at regular intervals. In fact, if one does not feel hungry, it could mean that he/she may be unhealthy.

However, feeling hungry very often, even though you have consumed enough food just a while ago, can also be a sign of certain health ailments.

Feeling extremely hungry often, without a reason, can be quite annoying, as hunger can make you think of food all the time and distract you while performing important activities.

In addition, constantly trying to satisfy your hunger with food can also lead to conditions like obesity, high cholesterol, etc.

So, here are a few surprising medical reasons on why you could be feeling hungry all the time, have a look!

1. Stress

reasons for constant hunger

One of the reasons for constant hunger can be stress, as the hormone cortisol is released in your body when you are under high stress, making you feel extremely hungry often. Hence the term "stress-eating"!

2. Hyperthyroidism

reasons for constant hunger

Constant hunger can also be a symptom of hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the the thyroid overproduces hormones in your body, resulting in hunger pangs!

3. Obesity

reasons for constant hunger

Yes, obesity can cause constant hunger pangs and vice versa! The excess fat in your body can lead to a spike in the body's insulin levels, leading to extreme hunger!

4. Hypoglycaemia

reasons for constant hunger

Another cause of constant hunger can be hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar levels because when your blood sugar levels are low, your body starts to crave for more food to convert into energy.

5. Menstruation

reasons for constant hunger

As we may know, during menstrual periods a lot of hormonal fluctuations occur in the body, causing various symptoms, including extreme hunger in women. Constant hunger can also be a symptom of pre-menstrual syndrome.

6. Dehydration

reasons for constant hunger

Another reason for constant hunger can also be dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, your brain may mistake the impulse for thirst as an impulse for hunger!

7. Medications

reasons for constant hunger

Yet another cause for extreme hunger can be due to the side effects of certain medications that you may be taking such as anti-depressants, allergy medications, antibiotics, etc.

Read more about: obesity, weight gain, diabetes, hunger, food
Story first published: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:30 [IST]
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