If you have been experiencing bouts of excessive hunger, along with other symptoms of hypothyroidism, it is normal that you would wonder in hypothyroidism causes excessive hunger. The short answer is yes, hunger is one of the many symptoms associated with this condition of the thyroid gland.
Can Hypothyroidism Cause Excessive Hunger for Sweets?
It has not been completely proven that a thyroid that is not producing enough triiodothyronine (known as T3) or thyroxine (known as T4) will cause a craving for one particular type of food more than another. What has been proven is that many people who have the condition of hypothyroidism also have diabetes.
Diabetics often complain that they crave high starch foods like sweets. The combination of the diseases may be the reason for the cravings.
Can Hypothyroidism Cause Excessive Hunger in Infants?
Infants that have lower than average thyroid hormone production when they are born may cry to be fed even though they have recently been fed. Hunger is one of the major side effects of this condition and it is felt by men, women, and children that have the problem.
Can Hypothyroidism Cause Excessive Hunger at a Constant Rate?
The excessive hunger may come and go depending on the condition of the thyroid gland. The people who suffer from subacute thyroiditis generally develop the condition after they have had a respiratory infection. So the symptoms of the disease will only last as long as the patient is suffering from lower thyroid hormone production.
When a patient has what doctors refer to as a silent thyroid their thyroid is prone to swelling which causes hyperthyroidism. During the times the thyroid is swollen it will create more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This can lead to a loss of appetite. When the swelling goes down the thyroid hormone production slows down as well. At the time of the swelling reduction the thyroid can go to the extreme of producing not enough thyroid hormones. So people with a silent thyroiditis can have no appetite for a while and then have an excessive appetite that they have no control over.
This condition cause a yo-yo effect for the patient and makes it hard for them to understand what is happening to them. There is a form of hypothyroidism that is known as Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s is diagnosed when the person has an ongoing swelling of the thyroid gland.
Only a doctor can diagnose hypothyroidism and they can only make this diagnosis if they run lab tests on your blood to check the amount of thyroid hormone levels you have.
Symptoms to be on the Look-Out For
There are some symptoms that you can be watching for that may alert you to a problem with your thyroid gland.
#1 Swelling of the thyroid gland. It is located at the base of your neck just below your voice box.
#2 Excessive hunger even after a meal or a complete loss of appetite.
#3 An intolerance to cold temperatures.
#4 Swelling in the hands and face. The hands may appear puffy like someone has injected air into them.
#5 A Change in your menstrual cycles.
#6 Pain in your muscles or in your joints.
#7 Extreme episodes of being fatigued for unknown reasons.
#8 Irritability and mood swings
#10 Dry Chin that itches constantly