"Diabetic" Mood Swings :-)

By Juliann1984 Latest Reply 2018-06-20 22:43:11 -0500
Started 2010-03-06 05:20:49 -0600

This discussion has 2 questions/purposes:

1. Does anyone else deal with these "Diabetic" mood swings, where you're just fine one day, and completely irritable/depressed the next?

2. When addressing this with an endo, I got the same answer as when I bring up any other problem, "It's the diabetes." Is everything the diabetes??? What if I weren't a diabetic, then what would it be???


138 replies

Anonymous 2018-06-20 22:43:11 -0500 Report

How do I deal with my wife's mood swings when her bg goes low? It seems her swings are intensifying in level of meanness. She refuses to acknowledge these changes in behavior have a link to her sugar level. It is getting hard to deal with. Her doctor suggested therapy because she was going off on him. Of course she refused.

Ssalmond 2015-10-19 07:51:25 -0500 Report

It does cause mood swings. I've been a diabetic for 12 years now. I'm 22. When my sugar starts bouncing nobody can hardly start to be around me. There's a youtube video on this called "diabetes monsters" an that's what they call us when we start getting crazy cause they know it's not really who we are it's the sugar. An yes I get depressed. I'm actually on an antidepressant/mood stabilizer because dealing with diabetes is so stinking hard an I never feel like I cant get ahead of it. An if you were weren't a diabetic then it would be called depression an it would be best to see a psychiatrists. Really it's good to have a therapist to talk about how you feel an let your feelings out about diabetes. That's what I've had to do an it helps alot.

JackieHurt 2015-10-08 22:30:42 -0500 Report

If my levels are too high, I am a complete witch. I don't think I get depressed really, just very tired and hateful. I do think my sugar levels have a direct link to my arthritis. Maybe I'm hateful because I'm in pain.

robritt@hotmail.com 2015-04-29 21:54:48 -0500 Report

No never blame a thing ok n my diabetes unless I know I ate stuff I should. Have too many . Other things to think about like . Heart rhythms and low RBC. Seldom get depressed though as try to stay positive. : so do get hit with the blues, I take a nap in dAytime or go to bed early at night. Why cry over a thing you control yourself when other things are not controlable

al69 2012-11-01 14:29:07 -0500 Report

i am T1 and sometimes my wife thinks i have my own period and i am a guy my sugars fluxuate like the tides my wife is a nurse and says yes diabetes causes mood swings

jolo100 2016-02-10 15:33:38 -0600 Report

Thanks for the post, you made me laugh with what your wife said.
I have been diagnosed about 10 years ago with type II and I try to keep awareness of my mood swings and try not to take them seriously and be aware to check my glucose count.

MoeGig 2012-10-31 20:06:58 -0500 Report

I've been T1 for 46 years…can't say mood swings are due to this disease. Yes, I get depressed on occasion, but that's usually due to lousy things that have happened…can't blame the disease. When my blood sugar drops, I sometime get a little more grouchy…temper with a shorter fuse, but that's all I've experienced. I'm sure your experience is real, but it might not be because of the diabetes. (But what do I know? :>) Hope all is well.

joes wife
joes wife 2012-10-31 19:19:57 -0500 Report

Because your brain uses glucose for food it will cause an imbalance when your sugars are out of wack. I was so relieved to find out I wasn't going crazy . Since my blood sugars have been under control I have had fewer mood swings.

SCLWKR 2011-12-28 17:09:38 -0600 Report

I have read these responses and I am surprised no one has suggested anti-depressants. Just as diabetes medication is vital to treating our condition, there are wonderful medications available with minimal side effects. Get yourself back.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-28 16:53:20 -0600 Report

I have the mood swing problem as well. I know that my diabetes is part of the issue, but I have a thyroid issue as well. Due to cancer I had the whole gland and three para thyroid glands removed, so I have to deal with levels for that as well. It is a balancing act and not always easy to keep on track. I know for me that if I'm tired or levels are off I can get snappy and moody real quick. My husband will usually walk in and hand me my meter and a kiss and then we see if I need to eat, shots, or a nap(or all) and if that doesn't help then we know it may be the thyroid.

As for the drs reply, I don't take that answer without explainations and he knows I will check into it. I guess if you weren't diabetic then the dr would have to do labs to start and then move on from there depending on the results. Just don't settle for the generic answer as that will not help your issue but only frustrate you.

TsalagiLenape 2011-12-28 12:06:50 -0600 Report

Hey I am not a diabetic I am a person! My diabetes cant be the reason for all these lovely things going on. Stop procastinating and do your job. Because sometimes Diabetes masks an underlying problem for years. Get a second opinion. I know I would. I dont care if it makes them feel like we are questioning them or their answers. Yet I would want a full battery of tests along with a CBC blood work. Then if all comes up nothing then go from there to diabetes. Hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs

jolo100 2016-02-10 15:35:08 -0600 Report

Please don't generalize about others. It is best to discuss your situation rather than to judge others.

pandalays 2011-12-28 00:55:22 -0600 Report

I also have noticed for anything and everything you are reminded that you are a diabetic.Mood changes are normal if you are in your menopause time.Even weather makes you have different moods.I have seen people who are not havemore moodchanges than i haveBeing a diabetic you should be aware about the things that can happened.Be cautious aboutt them ,take care and lead a normal life.May God bless!

G.rose 2011-05-14 18:24:12 -0500 Report

I wasn't sure if my mood swings wrer from my surgery and dealing with oxycontin withdrawls or if it was from being diabetic. I also have many times of going from cold to sweating profusly. wondering if anyone else has this problem?

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-05-13 09:11:34 -0500 Report

I feel the same way now ,when i first was told I was a diabetic I didn't feel this way since my diabeties has gotten out of control I have no energy, depression has gotten worse,more mood swings. I take novolog b 4 meals ,junina 1000 mg X2, glucontrol xl 10 mg & lantus 150 untis at night. My normal sugars run in between 200 to 300. If u weren"t a diabetic u still might still mood swings due to harmons.I have been it 2 diabetic comms since the first of the year. It also could be stress alot has to do with how you fell emotionally that has a lot to do with your mood swings.

sloane 2011-05-13 08:35:46 -0500 Report

Having two sons with diabetes, I can attest to the mood swings. These can oftentimes be explained by large fluctuations in blood glucose. I have high blood pressure, and when my BP is high I am much less tolerant of everything because of how I feel physically. Being aware of this helps me stay in better control. (ie. remembering to take my pills!)
Also check this out when Nick Jonas was diagnosed and how he found out he had diabetes!

een pop star Nick Jonas and his family sensed he was battling a health problem, because he started suffering violent mood swings.

The normally happy 15-year-old became sullen and distant, prompting his parents to seek advice from a doctor, who ran a series of tests before diagnosing him with diabetes. Nick's mom Denise explains, "Nick was an especially wonderful child. So when he started acting with a bad attitude, I knew something was wrong." And Nick reveals another side effect of the illness - food cravings.

He tells WENN, "With diabetes you'll get these weird cravings out of nowhere. While on tour, I started craving Pizza Hut. That was it, that was all I needed. I'm usually pretty flexible when it comes to food choice, but this time I was really stubborn that I had to have pizza hut and I made them pull the tour bus over."

roshy 2011-05-13 07:49:58 -0500 Report

considering my own experiences, i actually think it is the diabetes!!! i have blamed alot of my mood issues on not controoling my condition! think about it, when my sugars are constantly high i havnt the energy to do anything! im tired, hungry, i feel like goin to sleep every 15 minutes! ii felel annoyed and ashamed because im not taking care of myself! im constantly thinking about how im failing as a person! this effects all my relationships with family and friends! i dont want to go out and socialise and theres not a hope of sexual relations with a man because i havent the energy or the mind for it!

Once things are under control there is a dramatic difference! i have energy for one thing! i feel better about myself and im not constantly worried all the time!
and it is frustrating! your absolutley right!!

GabbyPA 2011-05-13 09:41:04 -0500 Report

Diabetes is a convenient scape goat, but we really do have to find ways to manage it when things are out of wack. I know that when I have better control I don't have the Dr. Jekyl / Hyde monster going on. There is hope Roshy, when you find the right guy, things will take care of themselves. You may have to start off with purpose but once things get going, hang on. You just have to keep Mr. Hyde away in the beginning. LOL

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-13 04:47:11 -0500 Report

I went thru the mood swings many years ago, I went to the Dr. & he did a lot of test. He gave me a prescription to help me thru it. He said don't worry it's only menopause. That was before I had diabetes.
I do have some good days and some bad days now that I have diabetes. But not everything is diabetes, just most of them are related to it, or caused by having it.

jayabee52 2010-10-14 02:36:26 -0500 Report

Back a while ago there was a discusion on "Blood Sugar blues" and a lot of us discussed the way our BG#s affected our moods. You might go to the Discussions page and enter Blood Sugar B"lues in the search box. You might find the discussions there interesting

EnergeticDiabetic 2010-04-01 13:43:37 -0500 Report

I find that if I can keep my energy even, my mood stays pretty even too. There is a new diabetes energy formula available I don't know the name but if you google diabetes energy formula it should pop up. Other than that, I try to exercise, sleep right, and eat right because I get really grumpy when I get tired.

Juliann1984 2010-04-02 16:05:53 -0500 Report

LOL! Thanks! I will look that up!

And I get REALLY cranky when I'm tired also… And if I'm woken up "too early" in the mornings! :-D

Elrond 2010-04-06 23:31:24 -0500 Report

I don't know about you but if the time has an 'AM' on it, it's WAY too early. With my writing schedule, I don't go to bed before 6:00 AM and set my alarm for 12:30 PM. I don't want to hear the phone or doorbell before 1:00 PM.

Juliann1984 2010-04-07 02:48:47 -0500 Report

LOL, Elrond!!! I have accidentally become a night owl, recently. I'm not sure what initially caused it, but I was having HORRIBLE bouts of insomnia. I couldn't sleep more than 2 hrs at a time, then I'd be up… Now, they have my fiancee on 3rd shift, so I just can't sleep at all… So, for the past 2 weeks, I've gone to bed around 1pm, and up at 9pm… so, I'm opposite you now, wake me when it says PM, and I'm mad… LOL!

Michael Long Island NY
Michael Long Island NY 2010-04-01 11:33:10 -0500 Report

Hi Juliann - I find that it's not so much mood swings - but swings of my energy. I jog 3 times a week, I'm in good physical shape, yet most days, around 4:30 - 6 I get very tired. This causes me to be frustrated, because I don't want to give in to the groggy feeling. Some days are worse than others. But once I pass throught the feeling, I am usually, back to my energetic self for the rest of the day.

Of course our doctores attribute whatever is going on with us to: "Diabetes". I guess the challenge is, whether whatever we feel is or is not related to D, we don't have a choice and just need to get through our days, earn a living, be there for our families, etc. I don't want to crawl into a shell … that would be too easy to do.

Hope that helps. Michael

SCLWKR 2011-12-28 16:25:02 -0600 Report

I also get a workday slump around 3-5. I take a break, walk with a friend for 15 minutes and have a carbo/protein snack. Great picker upper! I think lots of folks experience a mid day slump, diabetes or not. Heck, when we were kids we had to take naps in the afternoon. So it makes sense that we still require periods of rest during the day. So don't be hard on yourself, and if you are like me, you just wish somone would put you in a time out and send you to your room! LOL Sherrie

mcmbkk 2016-02-10 18:08:16 -0600 Report

Hey , that's why lots of corporations have nap rooms now. They've found of you can take a short nap it's a healthy break.

Juliann1984 2010-04-02 16:03:35 -0500 Report

Actually, that helps a lot. I have the "energy swings" also, around mid-day, just about every day, and they kept telling me it's depression - even when I tell them I feel fine; I'm happy (they make you depressed sometimes! LOL), but it's nice to hear that they may not be correct! LOL!

SUNNYSAL45 2010-11-15 11:24:25 -0600 Report

Juliann , if you're not happy with your doctor,you can always switch till you find a Dr. that you think has your best interest at heart. We really need to take responsibility for ou health, this is why I enjoy being part of this support group. Here we can compare our stories with others. I get in bad moods sometimes and aI use music therapy for my bad moods because music always puts me in a good mood. Take care and keep in touch.. We care about you Juliann ..

Oneless 2010-03-29 20:08:56 -0500 Report

Hi Juliann,

i had asked the doctor the samething and it told me the same answer that it was my diabetes so i asked him what i could do to watch this and he told me that if your feeling like you in a bad mood take up to five min. and go some where quite and close your eyes and breath deeply in and out and try to relax and i know it helps me through a few of mine hope this helps you :)

Juliann1984 2010-03-30 04:08:46 -0500 Report


I do try to do this often, and it works WONDERS if I'm angry/stressed/irritated, but if I'm depressed, it allows me to cry… A LOT… LOL! And once I start, there's no stopping it!

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-03-29 18:58:30 -0500 Report

Hi Juliann,

If it weren't the diabetes, you may or may not have this problem… But, I do know for a fact that the diabetes has a lot to do with "MY" mood swings…I have delt with depression, and anxiety/panic attacks my whole life, but I have noticed that since I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 yrs. ago, it has gotten worse…I know that with the highs and lows, going from one extreme to another, has an affect on our moods… And, IT IS very frustrating, but is just one of the things that we have to deal with…

Did you suffer from depression before you were diagnosed with diabetes?

Hang in there, just don't give in to it…It's hard, but it is just another one of those things that goes along with it…One day, I will feel great, and the next day, I will be so low, that all I want to do is cry all day…I don't know which is worse, diabetes, or menapause…LOL!!! Now I can say that I have experienced both! At least, however, menapause, finally goes away, but unfortunately, we are stuck with the diabetes!!!! It sucks, I know! And, it really doesn't seem fair!

Maria1954 2010-10-05 15:39:48 -0500 Report

Juliann,thank you for your post,I have had very bad mood swings of depression and never put the two things together.I thought it was all because I lost my husband of 37 years which was the same week I found out about the diabetes.-thus the depression? I am only looking for answers here,so I know I am not completely bonkers. Also you are correct the menopause thrown in there has not helped.

mcmbkk 2016-02-10 18:13:26 -0600 Report

Adding losing a spouse to any disease makes it so much worse. Not having that daily support and distraction makes everything harder. You may end up stronger and wiser but not happier.

Juliann1984 2010-03-30 04:05:44 -0500 Report

It does not seem fair!!! LOL! I know that everything happens for a reason, but, i mean, come on! LOL!

I was 15 when I was diagnosed with the diabetes, and I don't remember the depression playing a part until after the diagnosis.

I am NOT looking forward to menopause at all! My maternal aunt had premature menopause at 18 years old, and my mother at 34… I'm 25 (almost 26), so they tell me it's 50/50 on weather I'll be early or not… *sigh* I'm hoping for not!!!

mcmbkk 2016-02-10 18:17:49 -0600 Report

Go listen to Cybill Shepard belt out the Menopause Blues and you'll feel better. Stop worrying about the future now. As long as you arm yourself with knowledge and a sense of humor, you'll be fine.

Anne56 2010-03-29 09:25:33 -0500 Report

Dear Glorybea,

After reading your post, I can readily see why you feel depressed! "Diabetic" mood swings aside, you have a lot on your plate. Lots of us here have additional challenges such as back, leg, feet, hip problems, obesity, that gets in the way of good intentions to gain exercise — not to mention gaining motivation.

I wonder, though, if that frustration impacts the depression. In other words, I wonder if you are depressed or more depressed because you are not achieving the results that you want. That would make sense, but it would also make sense for you to feel good about the things that you do accomplish, the exercise that you are able to achieve.

Doing the best that you can is an outstanding achievement. Good for you! I wouldn't want you to sort of skip over that accomplishment and segue into frustration and depression without acknowledging your success — that wouldn't be fair!

Years ago, I used to watch the Richard Simmons program on t.v. Do you know who he is? He had an astonishing gift of being able to understand the people who came to him for help. One of the things he said has stayed with me, "Move… just begin to move!" For some people that was the beginning of altering their lives; people who were overwhelmed by "All" the changes they wished to make and "All" the progress they hoped to attain. For me, it is often the sense of being overwhelmed that paralyzes me. I am a perfectionist at heart, and that has caused me lots of grief over the years. But I digress; that doesn't sound like you from what you wrote. What I mean to say is that you DO move, and I find that praise worthy.

There is no doubt for me that you are benefiting from what you manage to do towards better health. I just wanted to share my admiration for that.

Best wishes,

Glorybea 2010-03-29 00:54:29 -0500 Report

I guess I am jumping into this discussion sort of late, but I am new to here. Blood sugars when elevated or low either one can cause various mood swings. Also I have been told by professionals that when one gland (pancreas) is affected in your body many have problems with other glands, so sometimes we do not get the hormones we need, like seratona and others. I tend to agree with that also.
I have been having problems for a year now of great depression and frustration. A little back ground on me. I have had Type one DM for 52 years and have an insulin pump for 29 years. I have been vigilant about my care and have tried to always do what the doctor instructs. But my life seems to have fallen apart. I have good A1c's 6.4. I am legally blind, severely hearing impaired, I cannot walk far due to leg and back problems, I have a pulled tendon in my knee and I am on oxygen 24/7 for COPD and lastly I am obese. I started putting weight on after I went on the insulin pump. My insulin need seemed to go up and up. My endo says I cannot lose any weight with this high of daily insulin intake. So I have tried everything getting it cut down a little bit, but no help. I know all my doctors feel I am lying and I just sit around and eat, but honestly I don't. I try to eat healthy meals, I have gastroparesis so I cannot eat large meals. They don't say anything but they just lay this guilt on me where I can't stand it. I am doing chair exercises twice a week at a senior center and water exercises, so I try.

Juliann1984 2010-03-30 03:59:37 -0500 Report


I completely agree with everything Anne said! And I do understand your frustrations! Every doctor I've ever had, has reminded me "you can't lose the weight because of all the insulin you have to take, but, you must lose weight so you can take less insulin," and then they never have a suggestion when diet and exercise don't work because of all the other issues we always seem to have, thanks to the diabetes!

All of that aside, you have some AWESOME achievements in your life! You have had type 1 diabetes for OVER 50 years! That's amazing! When I was first diagnosed, they gave me a life expectancy of 30 years, just recently they moved it to 45, and I'm young. I've only had diabetes for 10 years, so you are an INSPIRATION to me!!! Thank you for sharing, and feel free to message me, if you'd like to chat!

Oyorra 2010-03-28 19:37:13 -0500 Report


Just like you and everyone in this post, I go through ups and downs too. When my sugar level is past 200, I get in a terrible mood, which just like you, makes me aware I gotta go get my meter! My doctor suggests exercises, which does helps me with the moods, but then when I'm in a bad mood, I don't want to exercise. LOL! but, it is a such a balance act. Depression runs in my family, so I have to be cautious of that too. I guess it's about not only balance but finding an outlet for the moods as well.

I used to think it was just me!!


Juliann1984 2010-03-29 00:35:20 -0500 Report

LOL! I used to think it was just me too!!! LOL! I never knew too many other diabetics, so my doctors would say "It's the diabetes" and I wouldn't know if they were being lazy, or if it really was the diabetes…

GabbyPA 2010-03-23 09:27:25 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, having a lot of sugar floating around inside does mess with a lot of the body, since every part needs that blood and energy. It messes with your brain, emotions, nerves, circulation, kidneys, general wellbeing, and so much more. That is why it is such a serious disease. Some of those things you can stop for a moment and take a reality check and reign it in. I know when I start to get really moody, I have to stop and evaluate what is going on. Sometimes I can control it, other times I have to apologize. LOL

HOWEVER, I do think that sometimes it becomes our excuse for bad behavior. I'm not saying that your mood swings are bad, but I have seen people act like they have a right to be cranky or ugly because their sugars are high or low.

The fact that you are aware of the swings is a great tool for you. Use that awareness to see if you are running some odd BG numbers. If that is not it, you could always blame it on PMS. LOL

Allansgirl3232 2010-03-22 09:29:58 -0500 Report

I have mood swings and feelings of depression quite often. I never knew it could be diabetic related. I thought it was hormones due to pre-menopause. It helps to know that it could be something else and I'm not just crazy!!

Justice 2010-03-11 11:56:22 -0600 Report

Its all a mess I have mood swings also with my when my bs are low or high sometimes when they are fine. I our bodies are dealing with hormones all day everyday but to put on top of that alot of our organs (pancreas, heart, liver,kidneys etc) don't function at 100% so I agree with some earlier comments that our bodies really are trying to balance themselves out. So, as a result it feels like our bodies are on this ongoing rollercoaster at times. Thats just my take on things.

Juliann1984 2010-03-14 08:25:32 -0500 Report

I do believe that is right!!! I feel like my body's always trying to fight something!!!

Justice 2010-03-16 09:16:45 -0500 Report

Maybe this is just me but, I think thats why its hard to explain to our family/friends/spouse/significant others and sometimes our doctors because even if we say hey trying taking on my special diet and exercise plan for a month they will see only the external dealings but will still be clueles on the internal things we go through. Sorry I don't want to sound like a downer, I'm just having some true revelations about myself. I still want everyone to BE ENCOURAGED to continue to do the best you can in your fight against this diease.

Juliann1984 2010-03-16 09:26:25 -0500 Report

You are right, and don't feel bad about the way you expressed yourself. It was not discouraging at all. We all go through it, and you are right, it is very difficult to accurately describe the emotional/internal issues we face daily. I find it very difficult, also, to deal with the comments, like "Juliann, how hard is it to just NOT eat the slice of cake?!?!?!" (even if it's only once or twice a year that I do induldge). As soon as someone says that, I just feel like exploding!!! LOL!

We all need the help/support to keep fighting and keep our heads up! :-)

ginasgarden 2010-03-11 08:40:21 -0600 Report

I've had diabetes since I was 12 and have found my moods quite often go along with a high blood sugar.
Is that true for you? When I first got the disease they didn't believe diabetes affected moods. I opened up their minds to it. Now it's widely believed. Thank goodness!

jayabee52 2010-03-11 16:06:05 -0600 Report

Noticed you're new to DC. WELCOME!
Hope to see more of you in the Discussions. We're like a family here, and if you have questions just ask. Someone will either know or point you in the right direction to find out


Juliann1984 2010-03-14 08:23:51 -0500 Report

My mood seems to be dependent more on my level of high/low. When everything's in line, I'm pretty much happy, and very patient. When it's 80-60, I'm very goofy, kind of like a child that needs a nap, any lower than that and I become EXTREMELY mean. From 200- 300, I become depressed, and I'll cry for no reason… anything beyond 300, and I just become lethargic, distant, and scatterbrained.

Anonymous 2010-03-09 08:54:16 -0600 Report

Did not MAYS point that out at the begining of this discussion and was attacked for doing so ?!!!!!!

dvent5 2010-03-08 21:38:18 -0600 Report

I would agree with the diabetic mood swings!! I act like a drunk when I am too low and I am like an ass when I am too high. I have had diabetes since 1987 at age 15 and it has been a real up and down ride. No offense to you women out there, but my mom use to call the mood swings "diabetic pms". She said when my sugars weren't under good control, I was worse than my sister when she was pms!!

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-03-09 04:00:35 -0600 Report

No offense taken! And knowing both, I'd say your mom was pretty much on target! There are a lot of similarities, now that you mention it. LOL

Juliann1984 2010-03-09 20:20:42 -0600 Report

I hear every word! LOL!!! And, nope, no offense taken here!!!! :-D The mood swings are absolutely INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, at least for me anyway, they seem to get worse as you get older. :-(

Crashnot 2010-03-08 17:26:27 -0600 Report

Saw this post a few days ago and didn't even want to go in to how lousy I usually feel! Then I did some Googling out of desperation today and a light went on.

If you are using any synthetic insulin, and we all are because the beef/pork versions are pretty hard to get, you need to read this link. I suffer from all six of the symptoms listed in this report and am trying to get a vial of the pork insulin ASAP.


Will let you know how I feel with the pork! Had identical symptoms on Lantus and Levemir, and they disappeared the day after I discontinued them. Now I have documented proof that my Humalog may be doing the same thing!!!

dietcherry 2010-03-08 17:44:40 -0600 Report

Hello Crashnot. I was diagnosed in 1980 with T1 at the age of 12. I was on beef/pork insulin for several years as that was all that was available then. (Now being told I and others are at risk for Mad Cow Disease as result, but that is another rant for another day). At the time I was switched to synthetic insulin, I was told I would have better control and less chance of developing an allergy to the insulin. Having been on both, I can say I never had severe hypoglycemia on the old stuff. However, there are risks with it, as well. I don't know the answer and don't pretend to; I guess whatever makes someone feel optimal should be available to them. It is an outrage that synthetic insulin is as ridiculously expensive as it has become!!!! Renee :)

Crashnot 2010-03-08 18:34:34 -0600 Report

Could be one reason this company only offers pork insulin. I was on beef &/or pork from 1968-1983 or so. No mad cow yet! And I seem to recall that the mad cow problem is transmitted only by blood? The purification process they developed for insulin in the early '70s would eliminate most risk I think if beef was even on the market.

dietcherry 2010-03-08 19:40:29 -0600 Report

All I have heard is that anyone who has had beef/pork insulin isn't allowed to donate blood because of the risk for the disease.

dietcherry 2010-03-08 21:05:10 -0600 Report

Sorry, just re-read what I'd written and need to clarify: anyone who has ever used bovine (cow) insulin should not donate blood because of the risk of Mad Cow Disease. :)

jayabee52 2010-03-08 20:48:17 -0600 Report

I just finished the report. This might report make an interesting discussion topic on its own. I'm needing to re-read the report again, but I think I have a couple of the symptoms myself. Fascinatng!

Crashnot 2010-03-08 20:49:44 -0600 Report

I've read it three times so far with interruptions from my tots, but need a final read through to really get it all. Lots of stuff, and all pretty logical and well supported!

Sally Thomas
Sally Thomas 2010-03-11 10:00:16 -0600 Report

Having been diagnosed in 1975 I was intially on the beef/pork insulin. Don't know how it effected anyone else, but it made me get VIOLENTLY ill if I ate meat. Crazy huh? Pork more so than beef, but sick either way. I do not ever want to go through that again. Needless to say, once I got on the synth I went burger crazy. Lol! Good luck with it!

Shawn_o 2010-03-27 14:53:57 -0500 Report

Sally I became a diabetic in the early 70's. I used only the pork insulin. Once I had a few peices of sausage and spent the day totally unable to communicate. I also had limited motor function. So it happened to me also. You and I have had this illness long enough to have seen and appreciate all the advances in it's treatment and the general understanding of the disease.
I would suggest that anyone wanting to try the pork or beef insulin approach its use cautiously.