Your unusual craving for food has physical and psychological involvement. You seem to feel hungry more often than not that you think it is a problem for you.

First of all, make a cross check on your calendar: Hunger can come and go with your menstrual cycle. A week before your period, your levels of progesterone increases, and it comes along with the tendency to overeat. Your metabolism fastens up a bit around this time too.

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If the recent appetite surge seems not to align with your time of the month, it might be owing to stress or anxiety. Sometimes, it might be on the contrary, where your overwhelmed feeling doesn’t lessen your appetite. The opposite can happen over time.

The constant grind of stress may trigger a rise in the hormone cortisol, which, in turn, helps make insulin levels go up and blood sugar drops; this causes the ‘out-of-control’ junk food cravings.

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You may have to answer this question, ‘Are you taking any new medications’? Certain drug prescriptions can also increase appetite.

Your persistent hunger could also be one of the side effects of a medical condition, such as a thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, or depression.

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 If your heightened hunger has been giving you so much concern and has been going on for weeks, it is appropriate you discuss it with your doctor.

That your health issue is actually behind the appetite change doesn’t mean it should be handled with levity,  it is very important that you get it diagnosed as early as you can.


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