mood swings

By jitter Latest Reply 2008-11-02 00:48:44 -0500
Started 2008-06-27 07:09:41 -0500

My husband takes insulin and lantus to control his diabetes but I am having problems with his mood swings. He goes from loving, kind person to a rude, cruel person in nothing flat. He does not remember what he says or does. I am so lost…

17 replies

dtonovitz 2008-11-02 00:48:44 -0500 Report

im the same way as your husband tho ive had diabetes since 1987. i stil dont understand whats going on tho know its dew to my poor blood sugar control. today (11-1-08)was one of those days. :-( i said something to my loving wife that i didnt mean and regrate that hurt her very much.

dolymi 2008-07-20 17:28:47 -0500 Report

Your questions got me to thinking and realizing what has been going on with me (MOOD SWINGS) from h***. Now I know that I am not alone and just crazy. This isa great place to find answers and support. Hang in there. It sounds like you have the patience and now a place for your support and support for your hubby.
Blessed Be

Margot 2008-07-19 13:51:57 -0500 Report

I am curious…could your husband possibly be suffering from depression and/or anemia? thyroid problem perhaps. Any number of things actually are a possibility…

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-12 05:34:11 -0500 Report

Have you checked out Amy's site
There's lots of helpful info. I keep a high protein/low carb bar with me at all times. My husband is not diabetic, but gets really pissy if he hasn't eaten. Your husband is fortunate to have such a caring & supportive partner. Sometimes I just get angry because I'm scared. Good luck to you.


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samy khashaba 2008-07-02 00:43:45 -0500 Report

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jitter 2008-07-01 23:41:39 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your help and understanding..didnt realize that this is a common concern. For the last few days I have been fixing him small meals, putting smart ones meals for his lunches instead of sandwiches…plus now I have him taking his meds at the same time every day even if I have to give them to him…even his bedtime is the at the same time every day and try to get the sleep he needs. Seems to help,,didnt realize that sleep is that important to an diabetic…his moods are not totally under control but it is getting better. Now I am working on finding cookbooks for diabetics and desserts ones. That will help more I think lol…

whateverdidi 2008-06-29 14:54:34 -0500 Report

when my blood sugar is high, i am this nasty inhuman person that i hate myself and i dont even realize it. my daughter knows me so well that she will just bring me my machine and say… check it mom. when it is low… i sometimes become mean, mostly very quiet. and once again theres my daughter with the machine. you have to understand that there is something going on in his body that he truely cant help. learn his quirks when he is high or low. when anyone gets on me when i am high.. it really sets me off.. so just quietly get his machine, let him take his sugar and go from there. this disease really effects every loved one. not just one person gets it…everyones family and friends also deal with it.

LeighG 2008-06-30 02:55:28 -0500 Report

so very true.everyone has to deal with it you love.never thought of it like that till t=now.

LeighG 2008-06-29 02:37:39 -0500 Report

i get that like. i hate it i feel so bad after a mood towards my hubby.he is such a great guy and really undersstands when it happens.i get like that when my sugars are on the high side.and when it comes down i snap out of it.(even though i am always crabby lol it gets really bad when my sugar is high).

jitter 2008-06-28 03:20:58 -0500 Report

I can usually tell when he is bottoming out, the shakes, cold sweats, etc. For years his sugar has been in the 300's to the 500's bouncing around like crazy. When we were finally able to get insurance for him and get his meds on a steady basis. Has been able to control his sugars better, still bouncing but not as bad. He has been able to stay between the 9o's to mid 200's, but still goes goofy with his mood swings. Sometimes they are so bad that he does not remember that he went there or what he said. Dealing with neurapathy has become an issue with feet and legs. Now I am cooking with splenda, changing the way I cook, changing his sleeping habits, etc…How much changing to his diet do I need to look into,,or will this help…thank you

GabbyPA 2008-06-28 10:32:10 -0500 Report

Change in the diet is key. Even if you are on meds, our intake of food is where it all begins. The thing is to take it one step at a time and find a routine.
I am still learning alot, reading and chatting with people here, but I can say that once I got a grip and got serious about what I eat, it has helped me so much. I am always trying new things, and I am sure my family is going crazy, but until I have numbers down where I need them to be on a more regular basis, I will keep trying things. I started in the low 300's and now I am in the upper 100's and low 200's. That is still high, but I have done all of this though diet and activity changes.
I am a strong believer in suplements too. They don't all work the same for everyone, but I woul rather consume cinnamon than a drug. I would rather drink vinegar than a long as he has your support you guys will do fine. I have been working on mine since March of this year, and it was not until this month that my husband really started to understand my needs. I try not to whine about it, but now we are learning together.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-06-28 14:53:57 -0500 Report

Is your husband on insulin or pills? I assume he's insulin dependant. Food isn't as critical as carb counting ability. Also, if he's really having problem with control it may really help to stick to a more simple diet. By eating the same things on a daily basis (maybe always the same breakfast and lunch and only slightly varied dinners) you can better predict what your blood sugar will do.

I hope it gets better! Hang in there!

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-27 13:34:57 -0500 Report

Hi there,
In my experience with sugar issues, I'd say that when his manner changes so suddenly like that he would be wise to check his blood sugar it's probably low or dropping rapidly. The problem is getting him to do it. When some people are in a low blood sugar state, it is sometimes difficult to get them to cooperate. I don't have the mood swings but I know I feel terrible when it drops low on me. If you can talk to him when he's in his normal loving self mood and maybe come up with a signal to remind him to check his sugar when you notice him getting that way, that might help.

Just a thought
*Judy (JP)

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-06-27 12:33:17 -0500 Report

I don't have as many mood swings now as I did when I was newer to the disease, but I still have them. My mom (and I've tried to teach my new husband this) would always calmly ask "Is your blood sugar okay" or something like that when I seemed to turn irrational. You might talk to your husband about some sort of verbal cue like that when he's feel alright and see if that helps. I know I didn't like when she asked it, but she was almost always right about what was going on. It drew my attention to the problem and then I could bring my levels back in check before things got worse.

risingstar 2008-07-14 08:30:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for the idea about someone asking if your sugar is ok because my boss I have diabetics and just I'm just having a bad day and never stops to think that is could be my sugar and nothing else.

GabbyPA 2008-06-27 08:30:08 -0500 Report

I know that sugar issues make me crabby and very intolerant of almost anything. I hate it when I get this way because it is not my nature, but it is the beast. All I need from someone is a good "look" know the kind to snap me out of it. But if his sugar is bouncing around a lot, that could be one of the problems. Just besides the fact that it kind of sucks to have to deal with it every moment of the day.
There is an article in the site that talks about the link of Deperssion with diabetes. Mood swings like that can be from depression too. I can tell when my mom or my step-daughter are not on their meds. It is night and day.
Hang in here. There are lots of people who can help you figure things out...and lots of ears if you just need to vent.

jlo62067 2008-06-27 09:46:10 -0500 Report

what about if you think you may be having menopause problems?? also have a doctor that lets what you say go in one ear an out the other??? I have mood swings a lot have had for several years… i was diagnosed in 1997 but just in the last 6 years have notice i go from a happy high to a mad as hell you know what every other day it seems like …

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