Depressed and tired of diabetes

By Sunflower71 Latest Reply 2014-05-26 07:21:44 -0500
Started 2014-05-22 08:44:13 -0500

All of my blood work came back high again my triglycerides are in the 400's and my A1C started to go up again it was 5.8 and now it is 6.1. I have also fell into a depression and I don't feel like exercising anymore after work. I feel tired all of the time and discussed at myself for letting me go. And all of this raining weather etc is getting to me…Well just venting to feel better…

15 replies

eristar 2014-05-26 05:35:02 -0500 Report

Just thought I would check in and see how you are doing. Hope you are having a super holiday weekend!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-25 21:38:32 -0500 Report

Sunflower, I totally agree with Dr. Gary. You should get help from professionals to help you get back on track.

I have never been in your boat when it comes to being diabetic because my health is important to me. I am never going to get tired of working towards being healthy.

Talking to a therapist to help you with the depression will help you. Sitting down with a registered dietitian who can help you look at your meal plan. Sometimes a change in the plan can be a big help. Sometimes the same routine day in and day out gets boring. Find a way to change the routine and refocus your energy into something more positive.

We went through almost a week of rain but I still went out for a walk when it wasn't raining hard. I can't control the weather so I don't worry about it. Hopefully, you will call your doctor and get his/her help. Good Luck.

GabbyPA 2014-05-24 20:16:08 -0500 Report

I was kind of in the same boat a while back. Like Dr. Gary said, getting some help to do the "right things" does help. I have been doing the 45 day challenge and seeing improvement in myself and that always helps me get over those bumps.

JSJB 2014-05-23 05:47:46 -0500 Report

I'm in the same situation you are in. It seems the harder I try the less change I see in my BS or A1c readings but I keep on trying.

eristar 2014-05-23 05:30:08 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry you are feeling so down, and rainy weather doesn't help at all. Depression and diabetes often go hand in hand (I can certainly relate to that!) An antidepressant may be called for, if you are willing to give it a try - they have certainly helped keep me on a more even emotional keel. Keep us updated, and feel free to vent here any time!

artqween 2014-05-23 03:06:30 -0500 Report

U may want to go for that walk for peace of mind. For depression prevention with a caring family member or friend ple?? :)

Remember u r stronger than this my friend :) I'm root'n for ya!!! :) :) u r a member of a church right??

artqween 2014-05-23 03:03:38 -0500 Report

Awww sunflower that's horrible. Talk to ur folks about this dear. Why such a high number?? What r u eating?? 400 wow..
what med.s r u taking?? How can we help?? Plez don't get depressed, stress is never an option dear.
Keep ur blood pressure on the low side??

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-05-22 22:20:29 -0500 Report

Hey Sunflower71,

I am so sorry to hear you are feeling so badly, my friend.

Diabetes and depression can go together. Here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back:

This would be a good time to reach out for some help. You might want to consider talking with a mental health professional and getting some perspective on what's going on in your life and how you are feeling. You could also talk to your doctor about this. Just an idea.

Or sit down with a friend or family member who is a good listener, just to talk about what's going on and how you're feeling. Get support!

I am glad you are here. It's okay to vent! Stay in touch with us. You are not alone!

And keep us posted on how you're doing.


jigsaw 2014-05-22 18:56:30 -0500 Report

You know what frustration means to me, it means I have more to learn. It's frustrating to think your at that point, and then find out you're not. At least that's what I experienced quite a few times over the last twenty years! Eventually, I learned how to get through each and every episode. I'll admit, sometimes I thought I would never see the light.

Allow me to take you back twenty years in my life with diabetes. Actually it was about 22 years ago that I took a blood test and my triglycerides were found to be 750!!! My HDL was a mere 20! Perfect conditions for a heart attack and who knows what else was lurking in my system.

To make a long story short, I began an exercise routine. I also did quite a bit of research on eating healthy foods, and radically changed my food plan. I was not able to stop the eventual diagnoses of diabetes, but about a year later, my triglycerides dropped to 80, and my HDL increased to 36. I have maintained my triglycerides below 100 ever since, and kept my HDL up also. I have maintained an A1c around 6.0 for the last twenty years, and I have never felt better. Admittedly, I did hit my share of road blocks along the way , and I guess that's a thing most, if not all of us experience.

Hang in there, and pull yourself up by your boot straps! The difficult times come and go, as long as you don't give up.

Pegsy 2014-05-25 17:12:32 -0500 Report

I can certainly relate to how Sunflower 71 feels. There are days when my numbers are crazy high, no matter what I do. Even though my doctor and my dietician warned me that there would be days like this it still discourages me a great deal. But Jigsaw, you are right. Just keep at it, doing what you know you need to do. Good results will eventually follow if we just keep at it. One of the things that affects me more than anything is SLEEP. If I don't get enough sleep, especially over time, it really wreaks havoc with my numbers. Stress also. Those two things actually seem to have a greater effect than diet and exercise. If those two things are off, depression hits. Thankfully, sleep and exercise are also my greatest weapons in combating depression, more than diet.

jigsaw 2014-05-26 07:21:44 -0500 Report

You bring up some excellent additional points. I agree that sleep is critically important to every aspect of health! I have to emphasize one idea. You mentioned to "keep doing what we know we need to do, and I agree. It is also important to find out what we don't know, so we can stay on top of any changes, and surprises that might arise. Learning about diabetes is a never ending process. The more we understand, the better off we are, in the long run!

RachelChavez 2014-05-22 14:41:56 -0500 Report

Sunflower, I'm so sorry to hear about how you're feeling right now. Dealing with any chronic condition can be difficult and sometimes we just get 'burn out'. It's completely normal to feel this way. Venting here to people who know what you're going through is a great way to overcome these feelings. While it's important to deal with these real feelings, it's also just as important to make sure that you don't stop your care. Maybe you can find a new, fun way to exercise that you haven't tried before to mix it up.

jayabee52 2014-05-22 14:34:54 -0500 Report

Please go ahead and vent! Even though 6.1 is a perfectly acceptable A1c, I can understand that any rise in that number concerns a person. That TG number of 400 is certainly something about which to be concerned. Perhaps you might wish to take a look at this multi page article from Mayo Clinic for more information about TG and how to get a handle on it ~

Praying for your depression to improve and your TG numbers as well!

James Baker

33suz 2014-05-22 09:17:05 -0500 Report

Wow, 6.1 is still a good number. I can understand your frustration and this is certainly the place to vent as we are all kind of in the same boat. Diabetes is as diverse in treatments as the people who deal with it on a daily basis. I am just glad you came here to vent instead of keeping it to yourself. Exercise was the key for me getting a handle on my diabetes. Hope you find what works best for you also.

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