Diabetes and Bi-polar

By BrenSharp Latest Reply 2010-05-16 11:49:04 -0500
Started 2010-05-14 15:19:14 -0500

Hi my name is Brenda and go by Bren. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1965 when I was 4, then was diagnosed as having bi-polar disorder in 1971.

I have never been in denial for the diabetes, but was for the bi-polar disorder until the last 3 years.

After starting treatment for the bi-polar I could see where when the emotions took off on a roller coaster they also to the blood sugar levels with them.

My question is are there others here in the same boat and if so can you offer some input as to things to try and do to stop the roller coaster. I am on meds for it, but still hit the real highs and real lows.

6 replies

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-15 16:01:21 -0500 Report

Hey Bren, welcome to DC :) ! Stress and any other form of extreme emotion can mess with your sugar levels, it's the same as with being sick.
When I get stressed, sad, mad or even really stoked about something my sugars will go up too high or down too low. I don't have bi-polar, but I do have depression and anxiety. When I get stressed I try to find something to do that will relax me; I like to drive to the park and walk around the mile trail they have. Sometimes I will also find something that'll make me laugh and really take my mind off things when I am upset, whether it may be watching a movie or calling someone that I know can most likely make me laugh or at least smile, it usually helps me out the best.
Anywho, I hope you find something that works and helps with your stress and blood sugars!

One more thing! Some meds for depression and mood stabilizers have a side effect that make your sugars go up, so watch out for that. I was on Abilify and that was one of them.


GabbyPA 2010-05-15 09:27:42 -0500 Report

Hi Bren, welcome to diabetic connect. We have a great community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds that should be able to help you out. I don't suffer Bi-polar, but I know when I get stressed out, my levels can stay high for days. It does make me frustrated. I always say if there were a medical amusement park, diabetes would be the roller coaster ride.

The thing that helps me with stress is to get away from the situation or find a solution to work on the situation. That gives me a positive output and helps redirect my stress into a positive direction.

You said you are on meds for "it". Which "it" are you medicating? If your bi-polar is being medicated, that should help considerably, but you still will have to work at avoiding the things that make you crazy with stress.

BrenSharp 2010-05-15 16:28:26 -0500 Report

Thanks Danni and Gabby for the insight. I had been doing very well with the bi-polar condition and had not needed treatment as my husband was a great provider for it and didn't require the medication. Then our whole world turned upside down, his mom retired and called to say she would be moving in with us that weekend. We had no idea the stress that was going to put on either of us. The family had never discussed what she would do or where she would go when she retired. Boy what a bomb she dropped on us.

I have found ways to help sometimes with the stress, but I also have days where she just finds all the right buttons and pushes them. We have tried to talk to her repeatedly about how she is affecting our lives and mine in particular. She just doesn't seem to care. I pay the bills for the household and do the grocery shopping. My husband and I have started cooking our meals at night after so goes to bed to insure that I get atleast one well balanced meal a day.

Silly as it sounds I have found a way to get a handle on the blood sugar levels. My wonderful doctor put me on Humalog insulin to combat the high episodes. He also prescribed glucagon for the extreme lows. The biggest issue has been dealing with the stress. I am so very glad you came up with ideas on how to get around these issues. We have a beautiful park here in town and I have been to it maybe 2 times. Will for sure go there more for away time. Reading is very difficult because she will come in and start talking about something and I lose what I was doing. Same with listening to music for relaxation. She will come in where I am and start talking. She got very upset one time because I didn't respond back, had on my earphones while playing my MP3 player.

I hope this gives you more insight as to what I am trying to cope with. I have tried talking to others who said I was just feeling sorry for myself. I really don't, I want ideas on how to deal with the situation to where all concerned can live with it. :) Once again Thanks!!!! for the previous ideas and so look forward to more helpful input from you both.

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Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-05-15 17:23:51 -0500 Report

Baloney, as to the dear folks that try to tell us that we should enjoy such an arrangement, they have NO idea what someone else can do to your formerly pleasant home. It should have been your husband who put his foot down to say, NO to HIS mother, in the first place! Similar to divorced and re-married couples, discipling their own children, it will be more affective and less stress!

Maybe you could scout out a "home" for her, and tell her that she HAS to move out as it is tearing you both up inside, coming from Him, if possible. No one knows how difficult it is to cope with the older adults in our lives until they have to try it!! My vote is for YOU!! Best Wishes! Pat R

BrenSharp 2010-05-16 11:49:04 -0500 Report

Thanks so very much Pat!!! So nice to know I am not the monster in this. She is talking about making our carport into an apartment for herself. She is a very active 71 year old. My husband told her that 1) we will go back to smoking in our part of the house 2) there will be no door from her apartment to our house. She will have to knock like any other visitor. He also explained that he will not tolerate her raiding our food supply once she has her own place. It has been very difficult on my diet when I go to eat to find my food gone again. For example she went to Wal-Mart yesterday and instead of getting food for herself she got things she wanted. I have gone to hiding the foods I want that don't need to be refridgerated under my desk. :( My thought on this is we have 5 acres of land and for what she will pay to have the apartment built she could get a nice mobile home for herself to put on the land. Would be better for everyone involved.

GabbyPA 2010-05-15 20:55:59 -0500 Report

My mom lives with us as well, and while I love my mom dearly, it gets rough sometimes. She and my husband have a traditional "in-law" relationship and there are days I just want to scream at both of them. I have learned to stop my mom in her commenting on things sometimes when it comes to my husband. I hate it because I am in the middle, but it is better than having her somewhere where I cannot keep an eye on her. So we all learn to deal with things. Some days are better than others as I am sure you know. LOL
Parks are a great place to go. You can get out, get away, and get exercise all in one shot. Sounds like a healthy alternative to me. Keep it up, it will always be there in your face, but keeping a bit of a separation will help with the stress a lot.

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