Premenstrual Syndrome PMS C (Craving)

PMS-C is associated with increased appetite, craving for sweets, headache, fatigue, fainting spells, and heart palpitations. Glucose tolerance tests (GTT) performed on PMS-C patients during the luteal phase of their cycle show a flattening of the early part of the curve, whereas during the follicular phase (first half of cycle) their GTT is normal. Some studies have also shown a fourth-hour hypoglycemic response during the luteal phase.

There is currently no clear explanation for this phenomenon, although an increased cellular capacity to bind insulin has been postulated. This appears to be hormonally regulated, but other factors may also be involved. For example, the cellular response to a high glucose load results in an increased affinity for insulin. Sodium chloride enhances insulin response to glucose ingestion, and decreased pancreatic magnesium levels result in increased secretion of insulin in response to glucose. All are possible mechanisms.

A deficiency of the prostaglandin PGE, in the pancreas and CNS may also be involved in PMS-C. PGE1 inhibits glucose induced insulin secretion in humans.

 


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Premenstrual Syndrome PMS C (Craving)

Symptoms - Cardiovascular  

Heart racing/palpitations



Symptoms - Food - General  

Frequent eating



Symptoms - General  

Fatigue that is/frequent fatigue relieved by eating



 

Dizziness when standing up



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - General  

No fatigue relieved by eating



Symptoms - Metabolic  

(Pre) menstrual headaches



 

Low stamina



 

Temple-based headaches



Symptoms - Reproductive - Female Cycle  

Carbohydrate craving during cycle




Conditions that suggest Premenstrual Syndrome PMS C (Craving)

Diet  


Metabolic  


Symptoms - Reproductive - Female Cycle  

Being/being post menopausal



Uro-Genital  



Premenstrual Syndrome PMS C (Craving) can lead to

Metabolic  



Recommendations for Premenstrual Syndrome PMS C (Craving)

Botanical  

Evening Primrose Oil / GLA

Treatment of women with PMS using gamma-linolenic acid to promote PGE1 synthesis shows good results in placebo-controlled studies.



Hormone  


Mineral  

Magnesium

In initial research, the supplementation of magnesium has resulted in the satisfying of chocolate cravings. Since both chocolate and cocoa powder contain high levels of magnesium (520mg/100gm and 100mg/100gm, respectively), your craving of chocolate may just reflect your desire to supplement this essential element. Additionally, there are links between low magnesium levels and the development of PMS symptoms, which may explain some women’s monthly chocolate binge.



Key

Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Weakly counter-indicative
Strongly counter-indicative
Likely to help
Highly recommended

Glossary

Glucose

A sugar that is the simplest form of carbohydrate. It is commonly referred to as blood sugar. The body breaks down carbohydrates in foods into glucose, which serves as the primary fuel for the muscles and the brain.

Insulin

A hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to elevated blood glucose levels. Insulin stimulates the liver, muscles, and fat cells to remove glucose from the blood for use or storage.

Sodium

An essential mineral that our bodies regulate and conserve. Excess sodium retention increases the fluid volume (edema) and low sodium leads to less fluid and relative dehydration. The adult body averages a total content of over 100 grams of sodium, of which a surprising one-third is in bone. A small amount of sodium does get into cell interiors, but this represents only about ten percent of the body content. The remaining 57 percent or so of the body sodium content is in the fluid immediately surrounding the cells, where it is the major cation (positive ion). The role of sodium in the extracellular fluid is maintaining osmotic equilibrium (the proper difference in ions dissolved in the fluids inside and outside the cell) and extracellular fluid volume. Sodium is also involved in nerve impulse transmission, muscle tone and nutrient transport. All of these functions are interrelated with potassium.

Magnesium

An essential mineral. The chief function of magnesium is to activate certain enzymes, especially those related to carbohydrate metabolism. Another role is to maintain the electrical potential across nerve and muscle membranes. It is essential for proper heartbeat and nerve transmission. Magnesium controls many cellular functions. It is involved in protein formation, DNA production and function and in the storage and release of energy in ATP. Magnesium is closely related to calcium and phosphorus in body function. The average adult body contains approximately one ounce of magnesium. It is the fifth mineral in abundance within the body--behind calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Although about 70 percent of the body's magnesium is contained in the teeth and bones, its most important functions are carried out by the remainder which is present in the cells of the soft tissues and in the fluid surrounding those cells.

Prostaglandin

Any of a class of physiologically active substances present in many tissues, with effects such as vasodilation, vasoconstriction, stimulation of the smooth muscles of the bronchus or intestine, uterine stimulation; also involved in pain, inflammation, fever, allergic diarrhea, and dysmenorrhea. A potent hormone -- similar in structure to an unsaturated fatty acid -- that acts in extremely low concentrations on local target organs; first isolated from the prostate.

CNS

Central Nervous System.

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