By jedabolin Latest Reply 2014-08-14 21:11:04 -0500
Started 2014-08-11 12:36:24 -0500

Does anyone suffer depression due to the diabetes. I have been pretty down on myself because I can't get control of my diabetes. No matter how hard I try my bs stays out of control. I don't know what to do. I am watching carbs but no matter what I put into my mouth bg goes up even drinking water. What can I do. Now I'm so depressed it's unbearable. Any advice to keep me sane.

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ReaderReader12 2014-08-14 19:52:43 -0500 Report

I like the suggestion of music and dancing. Getting moving is a good idea I think. I am trying to put movement back in my life and it is helping. Also eating low-carb is helping. Talk to your Dr. don't hold anything back. Lay it all out there and that way they can best help you. Reach out to people on this site and look at the recipes I cook a lot of meal from recipes I find here. I wish you the best.

wraithmb 2014-08-13 09:27:48 -0500 Report

You are definitely not alone. Depression comes into play even for the toughest of us. Talk to your doctor about it. Don't wait the two weeks.

I wouldn't describe myself as emotional, and most people say that when it comes to dealing with problems, I'm a pretty tough person to beat down. Even I get depressed from time to time. I'm lucky enough that my wife recognizes the symptoms of depression and is more capable than most people of helping with it. It's easy to see what's wrong, especially when the things that are right seem so small. So what are you doing good?

I've said it numerous times in the past few days, don't ask don't tell isn't the way to treat another human being. If you ever need to talk, I think I can speak for most, if not all, of us here, we're ready to listen!

Monuuu 2014-08-13 01:12:35 -0500 Report

Drink lime water after your meals.. It reduces your bg by 10%
And listen to your favourite music and dance.. Let your depression go, dont get panic !! Even this will reduce your bg !!

jedabolin 2014-08-12 12:42:20 -0500 Report

I've been on Lantus for about 8 months and the last couple of months my bs has been high. I was on levimir prior to the Lantus. I think I did better on the levimir. But I have been extremely depressed the last few weeks because of the numbers being so high. I'm going to talk with doctors in two weeks if I can survive that long. I do also have the feelings of being a failure. Thank you. I don't feel as if I'm alone anymore.

JoleneAL 2014-08-12 12:32:05 -0500 Report

I had the same issue when I first started this journey. To this day I cannot stomach green beans or lettuce because that's all I ate for a year. And my levels never went down below 200. I was on max dose of metformin and taking (shudder) Actos. I finally went to the insulin route (Lantus) and got under control. I helped a LOT with my depression over being a "failure". Think about it.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-08-12 10:34:30 -0500 Report

it is funny how we are given good foods, then change them. I am thinking of spinach right now. We make a delicious spinach dip out of a good food. Now really which would you rather have, spinach or spinach dip? Or maybe, like my Dad, you love your spinach with 1/4 pound of butter and a tablespoon of salt. "Mummm…this spinach is delicious" I think of lobster and crab. You know, I can do without lobster if there is no hot melted butter and can do without crab if there is no horseradish sauce. I am finding the simpler the food is, the better for you it is. BUT REMEMBER, always wash your fruits and veggies especially if you have not grown them yourself. You can use a dish washing detergent with anti-bacterial properties, wet them, soap them, let the soap on there for at least 20 seconds, rinse well. This will remove most bacteria and most pesticides.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-08-12 10:25:16 -0500 Report

My depression started about 40 years before my diabetes. I know the diabetes feeds my depression, but do not know if the depression feeds my diabetes. I suspect so, when I am depressed I tend to be less careful with what I eat.
Sorry, but chocolate has always been my go to depression food. Specifically, milk chocolate. What surprises me is some of the things we may not think of as being carb heavy are. Three, make that 4 foods come to mind:
1) corn, rats, because I love corn on the cob 2) peas yeah, I never liked the taste of them unless they were sweet peas in the pod 3) potatoes I rarely met a potato I didn't love 4) breads, cereal etc. then there are other things like stress will cause you BG to go up. OTC meds, especially cold and sinus meds will cause it to go up. Now, if water causes it to go up, it is all in your head! Only kidding. what can happen is that your sugar level is still climbing, then you drink water and it is higher. Not because of the water, but because it was already climbing.
I found when I want to be real serious about carb counting, I need to write down everything that I eat or drink. if it has the carb count on the packaging, great, write it down, If not, look it up when you get to a computer. I never saw the carbs listed on an ear of corn, or on a bottle of tequila! The neat thing about this for me is that my BG levels always go down, why? first of all it makes me think about everything going into my mouth. If I go to a BBQ then I tend to forego the corn and maybe even the bun. Hope some of this helps. Jim

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-08-11 19:11:56 -0500 Report

Hi jedabolin,

Nice to see you. And I'm sorry to hear you are so down right now, and that you are struggling to get your numbers under control.

Here is a link to an article I posted awhile back on depression and diabetes:

Living with diabetes can be challenging, and it's only human to feel down and defeated at times. What you are experiencing can be temporary distress, something that diabetics go through at times.

I encourage you to get some support. Do you have people in your life you can sit down and have a talk with? That could help This might also be a time to sit down and talk to your doctor about your self-care routine, if you haven't done that already. Maybe it's time to take a look and see if you need to make some adjustments.

You might also want to consider having a talk with a mental health professional, just to get some perspective on what's going on in your life.

I hope you will stay in touch with us. We are always here. And nobody gets how you're feeling like your friends on Diabetic Connect.

Take care of yourself, my friend.


jedabolin 2014-08-11 19:18:58 -0500 Report

I have a support system with family, doctor, and mental psychology. I'm just having a bad week and discouraged about my numbers. I am glad I can rely on this site
Thank you for the support.

funnygirl98 2014-08-11 16:13:30 -0500 Report

O know how u feel. I get down in the dumps myself cuase i cant get my bs stable either. I c a psychiatrist for my depression and am on 5 different meds for my problems. My bs is low in the mprnimg i ear bfast wait 15 min and when i check my bs it only goes up a couple pts. I just tell myself keep trucking along and when I'm feeling down I come on here and ask for advice and give thers advice which helps a lot for me.

Zondria 2014-08-11 22:03:19 -0500 Report

I find eating a bedtime snack helps me. I have a half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with 6 or 8 oz glass of milk. You could also have cheddar cheese and crackers. One of my favorites is a bowl of popcorn and a couple of slices of cheddar cheese. A couple of oz of protein and one starch gets me though most of the time. Good luck.

jedabolin 2014-08-11 16:31:43 -0500 Report

Thank you for the reply. I have bipolar disorder and am on medication for that and for depression but lately it doesn't seem as if meds are working. I have been getting pretty depressed every time I check bs. You think you are doing good until you check bs then start crying because of it being so high. Fasting sugars are in high 200 and can't figure out why.

rolly123 2014-08-11 15:56:21 -0500 Report

I know how u feel I'm on strict budget and good is getting higher each time! Did try get assistant for food! I get very depressed so I tend eat not good foods ! So do best cut portion drink water keep testing sugar 2 hours after u eat c what makes rise and what don't

jedabolin 2014-08-11 16:36:37 -0500 Report

I have tried getting help told we make to much by 18 dollars so don't know what to do. I'm not giving up yet there has to be a solution for me some how.

imjohn 2014-08-11 13:34:43 -0500 Report

Even the Kardashians get depressed when someone else has the same $12,000 handbag. If you are type 2, avoiding soda, juice, bread and most packaged foods and under the care of a doc who knows type 2, bg should get lower. Of course, stressing makes it rise, but we all do it.

jedabolin 2014-08-11 13:59:24 -0500 Report

I have removed most of the foods you mentioned. It is hard to get groceries that are low in carbs when those foods are higher in price. When your on a fixed budget your grocery bill almost doubles in price to eat better. I do away with a lot of nutritional food and can't get because I can't afford it.

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