Moods with low bsugars

By Gins Latest Reply 2013-02-28 09:36:39 -0600
Started 2013-02-22 14:13:57 -0600

I'm wondering if anyone else experiences crazy moods before/during a low blood sugar reaction? I have been a type 1 for 20 years, and I have had many relationships and friendships affected because of my anger and irritability before and during an episode. It sometimes gets so bad that I don't really remember what I said clearly. I know every diabetes case is unique, but just thought I'd ask to see if anyone can relate?

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-25 10:53:59 -0600 Report

I am very, very good at ignoring people so I don't let them irritate me. I am irritated because now I have to take steps to bring my blood sugar back up. I can feel my blood sugar dropping so I start working on it immediately. Thankfully this doesn't happen often and it never gets drastically low. I think the irritation comes from trying to get your blood sugar back up and because you are focused on that, you get annoyed by people around you who have no idea you are having the problem. You can't blame them, because of your current situation.

If you get so bad that you don't remember what you clearly said, imagine what the people who may have asked you an innocent question feels.

lneider 2013-02-24 13:22:18 -0600 Report

I have experienced lows after working out I will start feeling warm &irritable I know to grab a fast actinf carb I use fruit it is too easy to over compensate so I stay away from sugar containg items apples work well and it is a healthier choice & you get fiber bennefit too L

jayabee52 2013-02-25 00:53:14 -0600 Report

When one is trying to bring oneself up from a hypo, the main consideration is how to bring the BG up ASAP. The problem I would see with apples is the fiber in the apple would slow down the rise in BG.

Of course once the BG levels are at normal, the apple, with some peanut butter (protein) on it would prevent the BG from bottoming out again.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-25 10:57:35 -0600 Report

That is very true James. I found that out after my first low and asked my doctor about it. I did the same thing and ate something high in fiber. He said the same thing you just said. Fiber slows down the rise of BG's.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-02-24 07:40:49 -0600 Report

When I get low, I like being alone gotta fix it!!!! People around me will easily irritate me, but it's not them really, it's me because I am feeling so bad!

annesmith 2013-02-24 00:26:00 -0600 Report

Yes, my father and I both had that problem all our lives. I'm a brittle diabetic, and he was too ( he is deceased now from heart disease). People always knew real quick when we were hungry. I am ashamed to say this, but, going years back, I'd get almost violent when going low. I finally forced myself to catch it before I started feeling that way. One big thing I have noticed is if I am over heated and going low at the same time, I say things that don't make sense, then I get very very angry. I have learned to tell myself " Do not wait too long. If you feel you might be going low, eat something, drink something." My sugar levels change so often though, that I have recently had to be even more cautious say while I'm at work. Different relationships have been affected with some of my moods when this happens. ANNE

TYPE2LEW 2013-02-23 22:34:40 -0600 Report

It's common in different ways. I tend to get bothered for anything. Everything is annoying. I sometimes need a few minutes to myself.

Gins 2013-02-23 16:32:59 -0600 Report

It's very good to know that you can relate. Abc yes, I am a bit more under control now with lows, thank goodness. I take it day by day though, that's all we can go right :)

Type1Lou 2013-02-23 13:49:38 -0600 Report

When my BG drops to dangerous levels, I tend to get obstinate and argumentative, insisting that I'm OK when I'm not. I recall that scene in the movie "Steel Magnolias" when the diabetic character played by Julia Roberts experienced a low BG episode…I think while she was in the beauty salon…and she got crazy/combatative. It affects each of us differently but, there is truly an effect. It's also why those around you should be aware that you have diabetes. I'm sorry that your relationships and friends have suffered because of it. Are you achieving better BG control, or do they still often recur? I've had many fewer low episodes since starting on my insulin pump over a year ago. I finally went to a pump after the MDI (multiple daily injections) were causing me ever increasing scary low BG's.

Mirena 2013-02-23 09:30:11 -0600 Report

Yes I go through the same thing and I'm type 2 on blood sugars. Actually, I just went through that a few weeks ago. My boyfriend didn't know what was going on so I had to explain to him the reason for my behavior. He understands it now and knows what to look out for. It was a little scary for me.

davidhogan 2013-02-22 15:34:10 -0600 Report

I basically feel that the universe named a HOLE after me when I have a low bg episode cause that, along with the feeling I get, I have learned to take heed to as a warning to check my sugar, so indeed I have bad mood swings on a low. All the more reason I try to stay stable. ;-)

annesmith 2013-02-24 00:32:21 -0600 Report

Ha,ha,ha!!! Yes, my father and I for years were known as the most genuine nice people , EXCEPT when we were going low ( he was also diabetic like me). HOLE was not the word to describe us when we went low—my mom would literally RUN out of the living room if she knew him and I waited too long to eat supper. Our personalities changed FAST, until we got a meal in us. Today, I have learned, do NOT be careless at all with lows. I found out that getting in a car and driving while low is a terrible terrible risk. I am relieved I have improved on all of this, as I felt real real bad with hurting some peoples' feelings over the years. Thank God they usually figured out what was going on. ANNE

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