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Have you found yourself craving sugar lately? Does your sweet tooth resurge when you’re experiencing PMS symptoms? Keep reading to learn how blood sugar levels could be connected to PMS!
The blood sugar and PMS connection
If you are eating high amounts of sugary foods, there might be high amounts of glucose, which need insulin to be converted into energy. High blood sugar can have many side effects such as inflammation and tissue damage, often leading to fatigue and “sugar-crashes”. If insulin regularly needs to be released in high amounts, oestrogen and testosterone levels can potentially rise, which can intensify PMS symptoms.
Furthermore, fluctuating blood sugar levels can trigger the release of cortisol, the stress hormone, and progesterone, an extremely important reproductive hormone for fertility. If too much progesterone is being used to balance blood sugar levels, there might not be enough left to ensure proper ovulation and support fertility.
How high sugar levels could be increasing your PMS symptoms
Due to the hormonal imbalance that high/varying blood sugar levels can cause, PMS symptoms may worsen or be intensified. Many women experience more sugar cravings during PMS and have more fatigue and stress. Regulating blood sugar levels is important to help balance these hormones and potentially relieve symptoms.
Tips to regulate your blood sugar
Limiting foods with refined sugar, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and trying to eat whole foods can help you regulate your blood sugar. Exercise, sleep, and trying to reduce stress are all great holistic ways to help you live a healthier lifestyle as well!
If you’re concerned about how this problem are impacting PMS symptoms, consult your physician about the best steps to take!
- Hamilton College 2002 – 2006 (B.A., Chemistry Major and Psychology Major)
- Cornell University 2006 – 2008 (M.S., Food Science)
- Cornell University 2009 – 2012 (Ph.D., Food Science)
Anne is an Angel investor & advisor. She is the author of “The Juicy Bite”, a successful CPG and Tech newsletter. Venture technology and startup scout, with over seven years of global CPG experience. Her background in holistic product design, sustainability, trends & technology identification, and consumer insights enables her to identify white space opportunities and areas for investment. With a Ph.D. in Food Science she brings great expertise and value to the Hormone University community.
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