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Type 2 Diabetes and up/down moods

blueMandM90

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Hi Everyone :)

Been a long while since posting, it has been quite manic with appointments/tests. From all the recent tests it turns out I have got Type 2 diabetes.

I feel like I have got half an answer to why especially in my adult life my moods have been very up/down.

Have been given metformin 500mg tablets to take daily, I am noticing a slow difference in my moods. I do think if I can get control of my blood sugars then I can start to properly work on everything else.

I haven't processed being told I have type 2 properly yet, find myself feeling a bit wishy washy.

Would like to know if any one else is going through a long term condition and does it affect your moods too?

Chat soon :)
 
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Hi,
I have arthritis/fibromyalgia and my moods are affected. I hope you get good control of your glucose levels.
Take care
 
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Hi I'm type 2 Diabetic too. Can I ask if you've adjusted your food plan yet? Are you finding the mood swing happen when you're hungry or about an hour or two after eating?
 
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I'm type 2 diabetic,my moods get low when I leave too long between meals and my blood sugar dips too low,it also makes my moods bad if I eat too much sugar and my sugar levels go too high.Eating regular and keeping your sugar levels balanced is the best way to avoid low moods and mood swings.What you eat is as important as how often you eat,never leave more than four to five hours without food,and don't eat a high carbohydrate diet cos that sends your sugar levels soaring.Protein is very helpful so when hungry between meals some protein is best as a snack but don't overdo it or you gain weight.Sugar is a big NO NO!
 
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Hi I'm type 2 Diabetic too. Can I ask if you've adjusted your food plan yet? Are you finding the mood swing happen when you're hungry or about an hour or two after eating?
Hi Eigau, thanks for posting!

I find my moods at the present moment can get easily irritated more before eating especially an hour or so before. My moods also can swing up/down easily after food too.

I have put my self on a low carb 3 meal plan, more veg and a little bit of carbs and have made the change of drinking water or tea then fizzy drinks. Also I have cut down on portion sizes too.

I have an appt on the 18th July with the diabetic nurse, think it will be a discus about food etc.

Feel like the diabetes has definitely heightened my moods low/high in adult life, since secondary I have always had mood swings that are very up/down, literally could be fine for 5hours of the day then one bad thing changes all thinking and feelings.

Do you find your moods change before/after food?

What kind of food plan are you on?

Em x
 
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Your moods may be related to your blood sugar levels? If your bg is low during a mood then it could be that. Are you measuring your blood sugar just before you eat and a few hours after eating? This will help indicate the relationship between food and blood sugar highs and lows. What kind of carbs are you eating less of? Try to stick to low GI foods, that way your blood sugar won't spike and then crash suddenly which can affect your mood.

Also psych meds can affect Diabetics too. Can I ask, which meds are you taking?
 
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its all calories and carbohydrates so sugar isn't banned, just a bad idea - I did a recent modern course. Glucose levels can affect moods with me, and I get depressed if I let myself get too low a glucose level. I don't get manic though with the diabetes.
 
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Yeah when I say blood sugar I'm not actually referring to sugar, just to be clear. The nurses here are definitely not up to date with current thinking, they would happily give me a carbo loaded meal as long as they thought there was no sugar in it haha.
 
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Your moods may be related to your blood sugar levels? If your bg is low during a mood then it could be that. Are you measuring your blood sugar just before you eat and a few hours after eating? This will help indicate the relationship between food and blood sugar highs and lows. What kind of carbs are you eating less of? Try to stick to low GI foods, that way your blood sugar won't spike and then crash suddenly which can affect your mood.

Also psych meds can affect Diabetics too. Can I ask, which meds are you taking?
Currently taking sertraline 50mg for anxiety/depression, I have not been feeling great on these, will be bringing this up on Thursday's appointment.

I am eating brown/seedy bread instead of white bread and going for brown rice. I have cut back a lot on pasta.

I don't have a blood sugar monitoring machine yet, will be ordering one this week then I should be able to see clearly if blood sugar levels are a factor with my low mood especially. Not sure with my high periods though.

Em x
 
blueMandM90

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its all calories and carbohydrates so sugar isn't banned, just a bad idea - I did a recent modern course. Glucose levels can affect moods with me, and I get depressed if I let myself get too low a glucose level. I don't get manic though with the diabetes.
Hi calypso,

I think I will be getting referred to the diabetes course through my first nurse apt which isn't till the 18th July. Did you find the course helpful?

Em x
 
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