An increase in appetite can be a symptom of various diseases. For example, it may be because of some mental diseases or disorders of the endocrine glands. Increased appetite may not be permanent, it can come and go and can last for long periods of time, depending on the cause. It does not always lead to weight gain. The terms hyperphagia and polyphagia refer to someone who focuses only on eating and eats too much before they feel full.
Causes of increased appetite include:
• certain drugs (eg corticosteroids, cyproheptadine, and tricyclic antidepressants)
• Bulimia (most common in women 18 to 30 years)
• diabetes mellitus (including gestational diabetes)
• Graves' disease
• Premenstrual Syndrome
Emotional support and counseling with a doctor are necessary in some cases. If a medication is causing increased appetite and weight gain, consultation with your doctor can be useful and they can reduce your dosage or recommend another medication. Never stop taking your medication without first consulting with your doctor, however.
When to contact a medical professional. Contact your doctor if:
• You have unexplained, sustained increase in appetite
• You have other unexplained symptoms
It may surprise you, but you should know that some medical conditions can make you experience an increased appetite. You will find that in the majority of cases this is due to conditions that affect the body's metabolism.
We are all hungry from time to time, but sometimes the strong cravings can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. This increase in appetite should be ignored. When your appetite is increased too much, a medical diagnosis should be your first priority.
Everyone knows that diabetics have increased appetite. One of the symptoms of diabetes is excessive hunger. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause a jump in appetite. Initially, increased appetite does not seem to be a problem. Many times this warning occurs in people who have not been diagnosed with diabetes.
But undiagnosed and un treated diabetes can lead to serious problems such as hypoglycemic shock and poor circulation. So, if diabetes is present in your family history, it is a good idea to control your appetite and to note if it rises.
Realize that refined carbohydrates will increase your appetite. While most of us are guilty for enjoying a casual breakfast, eating too many carbohydrates or foods from fast food can cause or lead to more hunger.
Most of the carbohydrates you eat, such as white bread and fried potatoes will result in more glucose being generated in the body. In turn, your body will produce large amounts of insulin to manage this excess glucose.
Therefore try to find out what triggers your appetite. Sometimes increased appetite is not something serious, but in other cases it is a sign of a very insidious disease.