Why Do People Get “Hangry”?

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Maybe you know someone who becomes a different person when they’re hungry — their familiar calm and composed demeanor suddenly turns sour, irritable, unstable and unhinged!

Or maybe this happens to you! Those hunger pangs kick in. You feel shaky. You feel like time bomb about to explode, and you’re not sure why. You know being “hangry” isn’t just an excuse for being irritable.

There’s actually a scientific reason for this sudden change in mood and behavior.

It All Has To Do With Blood Glucose Levels

fruit for fat metabolismWhen you haven’t eaten in awhile, your blood glucose levels drop. This decline in blood sugar can cause changes in brain function and lead to feelings of irritability, anxiety and even rage.

It’s normal for people to feel this way if they haven’t eaten in a while, but some people experience different levels of “hangriness”. Different physical factors contribute to this difference, such as:

  • How long it’s been since they’ve eaten,
  • What they’ve eaten (or not eaten),
  • Their blood sugar levels before eating,
  • Their body’s natural response to changes in blood sugar.

A lot of times, people who are “hangry” just need to eat something! A quick snack or meal can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and improve mood. It’s always a good idea to have something on hand that can give you a quick boost in energy — many junk foods are okay to eat from time to time to help with this. However, this simple fix isn’t enough for everyone.

When Being Hangry Is No Laughing Matter

diabetes testing - stress hormonesFor some people, the feeling of being “hangry” is more intense and lasts longer than just a few minutes or hours. If this sounds like you, it might be worth talking to your doctor about whether you have a condition called hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia is a condition where blood sugar levels drop too low, causing symptoms like irritability, shakiness and fatigue. People with hypoglycemia may also have trouble concentrating or experience slower cognitive function.

While anyone can experience occasional low blood glucose, hypoglycemia is more likely to occur in people who have diabetes. That’s because when you have diabetes, your body has a harder time regulating blood sugar levels. If you take insulin or other diabetes medications that help to lower blood sugar levels, you’re also at risk for hypoglycemia.

Certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease or an adrenal gland disorder, can also cause hypoglycemia. And in rare cases, low blood sugar levels may be caused by tumors or other problems with the pancreas.

If you suspect you’re dealing with these more serious health concerns, talk to your doctor right away!

Quell the Beast — Get a Great Meal at Burger Theory!

When you’re feeling hangry, it’s important to take care of yourself. Eating a nutritious meal can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and improve your mood.

At Burger Theory, we believe in the power of a great burger to make everything better. Our menu features delicious burgers made with fresh, quality ingredients. We have a wide selection of burgers, and with our build-your-own option, the possibilities are endless!

We also serve fantastic, all-American desserts.

And don’t forget about our craft beer selection — the perfect way to wash down a burger!

If you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in Idaho Falls to quell the hangry beast, look no further than Burger Theory. We’ll make sure you leave satisfied, full and happy!

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