Diabetes and Mood Swings
Unfortunately, mood swings are one of those things that many diabetics have to deal with. There are ways though to identify when a mood swing is coming on and also ways to make sure that it doesn't get out of hand. When there is not enough insulin present the body cannot absorb the sugars, leaving the blood sugar levels too high. Mood swings can also be the result of blood sugar levels being too low. The best advice that can be given is to listen to your body for signs that something is wrong. Usually, when you feel this coming on you can detour it with a simple change in your diet.
Are mood swings normal?
First you need to know that mood swings can be fairly common with diabetics and you are not alone if you suffer from them. One of the biggest problems with these outbursts is that the person may not even remember it ever happening. This also can cause a big strain on family relationships as they may not understand that the mood swings are connected with the diabetes and not a personal thing.
It is also frustrating for the diabetic because they may feel like they have no control over these mood swings. They certainly don't want to treat their friends and family poorly but it just seems to happen. It is best that you communicate your feelings with your family and friends so that when a mood swing occurs they can be more understanding about the situation.
Who is at risk?
It is more common in men than with women but still both are at risk. The reason for this is that in addition to suffering from diabetes, as a man's testosterone begins to fall, they are more likely to suffer from mood swings too. Another factor that adds to the problem is being depressed and/or anxious. Depression and anxiety often accompany the misinformed diabetic that believes life is over because of their diagnosis.
What to do when you are suffering from mood swings?
The best way to manage these mood swings is to take note of when they occur. It might even be helpful to document these occurrences so that you can identify any patterns such as time of day and frequency.
When you feel a mood swing coming on — or in the event you don't know it is occurring and a family or friend points it out to you — it is very helpful if you can test your glucose levels right away. This will let you know whether your glucose level is high or low. It is important to know what your levels are because if they are low you will treat them very differently than if they are high.
You will also want to note any types of food that you eat as these may be triggering the mood swing as well. Finally, your medication may be causing these changes as well as some medications do have this for a side effect.
The important thing is that you don't give up in trying to find out what may be causing your mood swings. You also need to consult your doctor if they keep occurring. Although you may not be able to get rid of them entirely you may be able to manage them and this will certainly make life more enjoyable for you and those around you.
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