Memory loss

By Starry20 Latest Reply 2011-06-03 09:36:36 -0500
Started 2011-05-29 12:23:56 -0500

I don't know if this has happened to anyone else but since ive been diagnosed with diabetes at age 4 I've had a memory problem I'm 12 now and learning to deal but I'm still curious as to if this happens to anybody.. Please comment with anything helpful..

20 replies

justlinda 2011-06-01 14:23:57 -0500 Report

hang in there gabby eat a lot of brain food like fish and write things down maybe ten times for the things you want to remember most, you can do it girl!!

GabbyPA 2011-06-01 00:31:02 -0500 Report

I know when I was 12, things like taking medicines and counting carbs were the farthest things from my mind. At your age, being a kid should be carefree, but as a type 1, that is not quite as simple. You have more to consider than the average kid, and your family can help you with that. Make it fun or find a way that they can be a part of reminding you. At least until you find a method that works for you to keep yourself on track.

It is true, we remember what we want to do most. I have to admit. Giving yourself shots is most likely not on the top of "fun things to do" so it tends to get tuned out. BUT, if your levels are not in good control, your brain will tend to play tricks on you. So the best way to avoid memory loss is to keep good control of your levels. If you are doing that already....well, I suppose you could say the dog ate it. LOL

Hang in there. I had a childhood friend who was diabetic back in the 60's when I sure had no idea what that was all about. You are to be commended to trying to keep on top of things. Being a teen is hard enough without that responsibility. You have to be quite a trooper to live through both at the same time.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-05-30 16:36:24 -0500 Report

I have been having trouble remembering names of people I've worked with for years..called them by anothers name..been in my house for 11 years and occasionally I will take a wrong need to use the bathroom and end up in the kitchen.

This all started shortly after the 3rd injury to my neck..this last time my back was injured too. (I have several tender spots on my is {PROBABLY} FIBROMYALGIA…was noted in my medical history receintly…my hair is filling my brush everyday). If it is more than just you're memory you should talk to you're doctor.. I'm sure blood sugar changes will affect your memory as others have stated, but you should speak to your doctors to be safe…

Graylin Bee has a great idea…keep a log book with your medications and log in every dose and time you take..also log your BS readings and maybe how you're feeling at the time..all this information can help you in the future if you know how food affects your readings etc…

AuntieM234 2011-05-30 11:36:50 -0500 Report

Dear Raven 12: I find my short-term memory is affected when my blood sugar is low or high. When this happens, I can take a pill and not remember 20 seconds later. Perhaps an hour later, though, I will remember. My long-term memory seems to be unaffected. Mara ;-)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-30 11:27:19 -0500 Report

I have had problems with memory loss. My family gets irritated at me sometimes because I can ask them something or they can tell me something & five minutes later I ask again or ask them about what they just told me & didn't remember them telling or me asking. My memory loss is more short term & I haven't always had this problem. I think that it could be partially the diebetes.

SongDude 2011-05-30 11:37:00 -0500 Report

Yes - I have had problems with memory loss. Yes - I have had problems with memory loss. Yes - I have had problems with memory loss (haha - LoL). Only kidding, fellow 'diabeats' (hey - that'd be a pretty cool name for a band - "The DiaBeats") - it seems that the older I've become, there's more that I forget. I'm sure that the diabetes helps that along, too. Keep on smiling, everyone.

RAYT721 2011-05-30 10:27:17 -0500 Report

I have to ask if the memory problems you are speaking of are more age related such as forgetting to take out the trash or doing homework or blanking out during a test. That's not exactly memory loss and something that many teens experience as their minds race in various directions without giving focus to what they are doing.

There is also memory loss such as Alzheimers, which is a disease for which there is no known cause nor cure. I'm not an expert but something tells me you are too young for this.

While we can all give our opinions of what it is or isn't, the best people to ask would be your medical team professionals rather than for any of us to diagnose or treat what you have or don't have.

I am neither young nor elderly but have had my share of "memory loss" over the years, if you want to call it that. I have misplaced my keys, forgotten what I was talking about in the middle of a sentence, and once forgotten that I drove to the store and walked home (reporting my car stolen the next day). Um, none of these true experiences were alcohol or drug related.

Don't diagnose yourself. Get professional advice.

Starry20 2011-05-30 16:10:20 -0500 Report

Sir, I can remember things like that but others like getting a shot, I will take it and five minutes later forget, im not asking people to diagnose me I just wanted to know. Because often I irritate my family, but thank you for the comment

GabbyPA 2011-06-01 00:23:17 -0500 Report

Raven, what you might want to consider is keeping a journal. In it you can post if you took your meds, what time and how much. Work really hard on it for a month. Make sure you never miss a day or get sloppy. After about a month, it should become a good habit or discipline and you can monitor yourself and keep a good record.

Starry20 2011-06-01 07:48:35 -0500 Report

Most of the time I have alarms programmed at sertain times of the day, thank u though, I will try to journalize my records, then I will get better… And about missing a shot, I've never missed, just maybe not done it on time, or delayed it because we were in the car… I can't miss a shot because I'm a brittle diabetic, if I missed I might die

GabbyPA 2011-06-03 09:36:36 -0500 Report

Oh heart is breaking for you. I didn't know you were brittle. That is so hard to deal with. I have been trying to get someone to start a discussion on Brittle diabetes because it is so misunderstood and much harder to deal with than what most of us deal with. Would you care to do that for us? I want to learn about it, and it seems that first hand is the best way. There are not a lot of articles on Brittle Diabetes.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-30 16:23:17 -0500 Report

I wll write down the time and medicine I take, then put a checkmark or cross it off so I know I have done it after I take the dose. Sometimes it is easy to forget if I have taken them. This way I don't accidentily take a second dose right after I have already taken one.

dietcherry 2011-05-30 10:16:56 -0500 Report

Because of the numerous low blood sugar episodes Ive suffered, my memory is now swiss cheese-meaning full of holes. When BS goes low, the first part of the brain affected is the memory center. My Endo explained it like this: the memory is not vital to survival, so glucose is only directed to parts of the brain that keep your heart pumping and so forth. After hypoglycemia, most people will have a degree of fuzziness about what has occured. If you are having frequent lows, this may explain what is happening. Have you ever discussed this with your Doc?

tabby9146 2011-05-30 08:40:02 -0500 Report

me too, but I am in my mid 40s and I noticed around age 40, then diagnosed about when I was nearly 44, and I have wondered how much of it is related to diabetes. Have thought of taking a supplement to help, but anyone who does this, needs to ask your doctor first. I would love to try, isn't it omega3 supplements that are supposed to help with that? It would be great to notice a real difference. I am very wary of some of these drugs that have come out lately, claiming they help with that, no telling what is in them, or how you will react.

jayabee52 2011-05-30 03:45:17 -0500 Report

I was gonna reply to your question, but forgot what I wanted to say! LoL!

I think that memory loss is not JUST related to Diabetes. I am on other "Connect" sites too, on most of those sites a question like this is asked in one form or another. It goes by different termologies like "fibro fog" or "Lupis Brain", ect.

My take on it is: Memory loss is part and parcel of the condition called "Life".

I have forgotten a LOT over my lifespan. But since I am still breathing I am not too concerned by it.

Oh it irritates me that I can't remember information that I used to know right off the top of my head, because I used it so much. But now that I don't use that info so much, it fades away. When I was 12, I was called on to memorize a lot of stuff. Unless I recite it every so often, what I so labouously memorized vanishes.

Oh, and what was the question again?

majikinfl 2011-05-29 21:47:43 -0500 Report

I have some memory loss and some difficulty remembering even simple things. Only been diagnosed 10 weeks today…in Hospital had glucose of 1181, so figured most was due to that. It still persists but is some better, however the loss is still lost. I have known others Type 1 and 2 who also had memory problems all had not well controlled Blood Glucose. Honestly do not know anyone younger than 20 with the problem but I believe it possible. I wish you increased memory.

Harlen 2011-05-29 21:31:33 -0500 Report

Not so much so but I have frends that are just scatterd that way and others that can just look at a book and know it all
Do D have anything to do with it ?????? I dont know
At 12 I dont think I did to well I have forgotten a Lot of that time so I think you may out grow it
Have a great weekend

realsis77 2011-05-29 13:28:33 -0500 Report

I do have trouble with memory, but about eleven years ago I went into a coma for a month after I bled out from child birth. So I'm not sure if my memory loss is due to the coma or my diabetes?? I've learned to write notes to help me remember things that are comming up. There are little tricks to help remember. I also use my cell phone to write notes or remind me of events that are comming up.I wish you the best of luck! God bless

Starry20 2011-05-30 16:18:26 -0500 Report

Thank you, I will take this all into consideration, these comments will help me, I might remember to ask my doctor about it… MAYBE