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Tennis5tar's avatar

Is there a name for when people get irritable/impatient when hungry?

Asked by Tennis5tar (1263points) March 5th, 2007
I heard that there was a medical term for it. Any ideas?
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sjg102379's avatar
Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia can include irritability and impatience when blood sugar level drops, but hypoglycemia is a disease, not a synonym for "cranky when hungry".
Tennis5tar's avatar
Yeah. I remember someone saying hypoglycemia but I didn't think it would be for the same reason as you stated. Thanks though!
gailcalled's avatar
Often if a person has a cranky and irritable personality, hunger can make him/her more impatient.
Tennis5tar's avatar
This person is usually bright and patient. You can tell when they need food.
skfinkel's avatar
Low blood sugar. A glass of orange juice or something similar usually corrects the problem.
nomtastic's avatar
hypoglycemia describes a symptom, not a disease. some people suggest that cutting out refined sugar (or reducing it greatly) allows your body to regulate its own blood sugar better.
theabk's avatar
Like nomtastic said, hypoglycemia is a symptom, and it's a synonym for low blood sugar. Unless they have a disease of some kind (insulin-treated diabetes by far the most common), most people's bodies regulate their blood sugar well and so they do not become hypoglycemic. But being hungry definitely makes some people really really irritable (like my mother!) I don't know the word; we always used to say she was hypoglycemic, but that wasn't correct...
sarahsugs's avatar
Whatever it's called, I have it and so do most people in my family. I think it's just called being really darn hungry!
ALM's avatar
Peckish (adj) is the only word I know that means irritable and hungry (but I haven't seen them combined in a single definition).
ALM's avatar
To clarify the duel definition of "peckish": When used in the US peckish seems to mean irritable, but in the UK it means hungry.

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