Depression and hypoglycemia

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-06-03 02:33:10 -0500
Started 2013-05-30 14:23:20 -0500

I just came across this Health Day News article about the risk of hypoglycemia if you also suffer with depression. It says that those that have diabetes and also have depression are 42% more likely to experience hypoglycemia or low blood sugars.

I had no idea that depression put you more at risk. It is a fascinating article and full of information I didn't know. It is definitely worth taking a few minutes to read.

What are your experiences with the effects that depression has on your diabetes?

4 replies

charliescovel 2013-06-03 02:33:10 -0500 Report

well I think if u r depressed u don't worry about, eating, exercising or any of the other things necessary to keep your blood sugars at the proper levels, so to me it makes sense.

padrejohn 2013-05-30 23:39:38 -0500 Report

I deal with depression and am on meds. However, I have never had low blood sugar. I have had high B.S. I read Depression can raise B.S. Can any of you relate?

lorider70 2013-05-30 15:28:55 -0500 Report

I think periodic depression is a part of any chronic ailment, and how often and how long it might last is largely dependant on how a person handles it. In addition, the longer you deal with an ailment, the more likely you are to have these depression bouts. Just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and mentally tell the depression to kiss off. If you need help dealing with it, don't delay, get the help you need.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-30 21:02:49 -0500 Report

I agree with you. How a person handles an ailment can cause the person to become depressed or can flare it up if that is a problem prior to having the ailment.

I think once a person accepts the ailment and starts living with it, they struggle less with depression. No matter how angry you are about being diabetic, no matter how alone you feel because you are diabetic and no matter how much you hope it will go away will affect your mental state. The fact is you are diabetic and there is no cure. You have to accept it and live your life.

Depression is treatable if you seek help from a trained professional. Your family and friends are not going to be objective. They are going to tell you what you want to hear or they are going to tell you there is nothing wrong with you. If you are depressed for more than a month, seek professional help.

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