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Anyone crave chocolate?

I've been on Carbimazole since i discovered I had Graves in November, I take 40mcg daily, then I started taking 50 mcg levo at end of February, then upped that by another 25 mcg at end of April. I now have this constant craving to eat chocolate. Anyone else feel like this? Anyone got any ideas how to stop The cravings? Could it be something missing from my diet - vitamins that is - not chocolate? Or am I just being a greedy guts?

Liz x

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It could well be that dark chocolate does have some benefits


A major one being that good dark chocolate tastes wonderful.



Maybe it is the vitamins and minerals mentioned in point 6. It's just weird to be so desperate for chocolate all of a sudden.


Chocolate is high in magnesium - it could be your body crying out for some. Many people are deficient in magnesium. Or it could just be you're craving sugar for a pick me up.


don't question, just enjoy (in moderation)! lol


At risk of being different and seemingly unhelpful, sorry but I don't!

I prefer salty stuff instead, marmite, bovril (OK folks will say adrenals) I wonder what they actually put in chocolate now? As Lilymay says I think magnesium, sugar and also iron may be factors - whereas I avoid sugary stuff, but have epsom salts in the bath (and occasional Mg spray to help my Vit D) and tend to eat stuff like cheese, pate, liver etc. & veg too! - I did notice a while back supermarkets put choc by the 'always' - what do they know we don't?? J :D


Hi it is quite common for hyper/Graves on carbimazole to be hungry and crave sugar and carbs. I certainly did and I do not know why. Maybe it is to make us feel full or maybe it is because of vitamins and minerals.

However a little bit is fine but a lot will just cause your stressed over active metabolism to feel worse and may lead to diarrhea. Sugar is at best a stimulant as is caffeine and alcohol. I personally feel better if I avoid them as much as possible.


Thanks for your suggestions everyone. I did wonder about magnesium so I bought some Brazil nuts - I read somewhere that an ounce a day is enough to keep your magnesium topped up and I've seen magnesium flakes for putting in the bath so I might give them a try, I really want to get off sugar because like greenginger, I feel much better without it so until very recently I had pretty much cut sugar out of my diet along with caffeine.

Anyway thanks all,

Liz :-)


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