Smoking: Cravings and Blood Sugar Levels

Many people seem to eat truckload of food after they finally quit smoking. There is a reason for this. When you quit your blood sugar levels decrease rapidly, and so people feel a need a heap of high sugar foods to compensate. Some often end up eating much more  than they actually need to and this is due in part to the fact that blood sugar levels aren’t typically affected by the ingestion of food until 20 minutes after eating. This habit can of course continue until you are consistently eating more than your body requires. Lowered blood sugar levels are only one of the side effects that come with quitting smoking. Other symptoms that come with stopping  include dizziness and headaches, as well as an inability to concentrate often. Oxygen levels do improve almost instantly, but blood sugar levels take longer to get back to normal.

The effect of nicotine and smoking on your blood sugar level is as follows. The nicotine in cigarettes acts as an appetite suppressant and causes your body to release extra sugar and fat into the bloodstream. In this way, it tricks your brain into thinking that it has already eaten. Nicotine works much quicker at elevating blood sugar levels than food does, and has the effect of reaching your brain in less than 30 seconds. This is compared to food which takes 20 minutes for the effects to reach your brain. People who have been smoking for many years become used to this, so when they quit, their body is not used to having to release sugar into the bloodstream without the helping hand of nicotine. However it usually takes the body no more than three days to adjust and to release the right amount of sugar without any input of nicotine. If you don’t overeat, your body will adjust itself as it needs to, to give you the blood sugar level you require.

It is often the case that smokers will not eat anything during the day until evening. Once you stop the cigarettes, you must adjust your eating habits to ensure you get the right amount of sugar into your body. Think about the dietary habits you had before you smoked; this should give you a general idea of what kind of routine needs to be created in order to properly fulfill your healthy dietary requirements and healthy sugar levels. You need to realign what you eat so it is evenly distributed during the day in order to get the correct requirement and amount of sugar in the bloodstream. Fruit juice contains sugar and is useful for drinking throughout the day to neutralise low blood sugar levels. You may need to do that for several days until your body is able to release sugar appropriately. Team this with a normal diet and your blood sugar level should become stable and consistent after three days of not smoking.

Source: http://whyquit.com/