Dibetes and Bipolar

By moody_mom Latest Reply 2011-04-02 15:56:33 -0500
Started 2010-10-06 02:28:50 -0500

I live with both type 2 diabetes and bipolar disorder. Has anyone else noticed that the newer bipolar meds (abilify, seroquel, etc…) make your blood sugars elevated? When I asked my psych doc about it, she said it was because most bipolar folks are overweight because of how the meds affect them. I disagree because the commercials talk of how folks with no previous blood sugar problems should be checked after starting the bipolar med. So what I am asking is: Is there a link between mood swings and blood sugars that affect the chemicals in the brain? Please tell me if you think about this as well.

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dietcherry 2011-04-02 15:56:33 -0500 Report

Absolutely, blood sugar levels will affect your moods-and its worse for some of us more than others. Insulin is a hormone and any hormonal imbalance in the body can cause unpleasant side effects, physically and emotionally. Maintaining an optimal blood sugar level will help with the moodiness related to D.

realsis77 2010-10-06 11:16:17 -0500 Report

Its a fact abilify makes your blood sugar elevated and its a known side effect! That has nothing to do with your weight! You doctor needs to read the label warnings on the medication . It even says it on the tv commercial. I'm not bi polor but I do have depression and was put on abilify for awhile. Look it up for yourself, it states that it will cause elevated blood sugar. Maybe its time to find a new doctor! One that listens to you! That upsets me that she blamed it on you when its not your fault! Its a side effect of abilify! You are correct. Your doctors is not correct. She needs to do some research on abilify because it could be hurting you bg levels! Like I said id look for a new doctor! And good luck to you ! It Could be serious if she won't listen to you.at least get a second opinion ok ?

moody_mom 2010-10-06 14:15:54 -0500 Report

Well I will let my regular doc worry about my blood sugar levels. This psych doc is actually pretty good. I will just ignore what she said about the weight thing. As long as I know there is a difference, that's really all that matters. I tell you it's hard to get a good psych doc, but managing my BS is something any doc can do as long as I watch it too.

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