Motivations and Emotions, Up and Down Swings

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-01-03 15:26:21 -0600
Started 2010-12-30 14:23:08 -0600

Does anyone have the problem that I seem to have that comes on from nowhere, like working really hard at what I eat and really walking and then take my test and the numbers do not show what I hoped for. This makes me swing up and down and I get disappointed in myself from not doing better. It is such a balancing act to control everyday or so it seems. Any body out there with my thoughts? Suggestions how to handle appreciated. I really hate to get depressed, but it comes and goes..

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tomecom 2011-01-02 09:29:32 -0600 Report

MewElla: We diabetics are deficient in important vitamins and minerals because of high blood sugars and inflammation. That causes amino acid deficiencies, because the body cannot produce amino acids without them . Consequently, many amino acids like tryptophan are not produced, which results in depression. The body converts tryptophan into serotonin which is the happy hormone. Amino acids are responsible for many thousands of important functions. Weight gain is another example.

There are many good food items that are high in tryptophan, such as shrimp and beans (legumes); that will help offset depression if you keep them in your diet.

Take a good quality multivitamin every day. Not synthetic, like the brands sold at Walmart or Walgreens; but an all natural vitamin. They are extracted from organic foods. Your liver will filter out synthetics. Our livers are stressed enough by medications. If you need help finding them let me know.

MewElla 2011-01-02 13:05:31 -0600 Report

Good suggestions. I do eat beans a lot in my diet, so far no meds and I am trying to do everything I can think of to stay off the meds. Have a good week!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-01 19:14:10 -0600 Report


You have received some great advice here. But I just wanted to add that I am always concerned when I read the word "depression.'

As has been suggested, there are various reasons why someone with diabetes might feel depressed. I am not a physician, but I understand that blood sugar affects emotions. So working with your treatment team on keeping your diabetes, letting them know about these ups and downs, making sure you have the best regimen in place, might be helpful, just in case you haven't already done this.

But feeling depressed may be related to the challenges of dealing with a chronic condition. It's normal to feel sad and frustrated -- and helpless -- when you constantly have to be vigilant to manage your blood sugar, and when it seems like your efforts are not always paying off. Human beings need to feel like they are in control of every aspect of their lives, even when they aren't. And chronic conditions have a way of letting us know that we can't think or hope things away. We aren't in charge after all.

Part of living with a chronic condition is learning to live with it, making it a part of life, accepting the daily challenges and frustrations, knowing how to keep yourself as healthy as possible and giving yourself credit for doing the best you can. This is a learning process that never ends because, as humans, we are always changing.

Most important: Don't beat up on yourself. As MAYS said, diabetes is tough.

In addition to medical support, emotional support is important. Do you have people you can get in touch with, who can listen to who you feel, maybe offer a few words of understanding and kindness? Talking with a counselor who can evaluate you for depression, and offer you some ideas to help you to deal with these moments of frustration and disappointment, could also be helpful. And, you might consider a support group for diabetics or individuals facing chronic conditions. Don't go through this alone.

I of course you have lots of support here on Diabetic Connect. Keep us posted!

MewElla 2011-01-02 07:03:35 -0600 Report

Thank you so much in getting in touch with me re:depression. I have quickly learned that this is interweaved into the diabetes and I am very aware of it. Diabetes is tough and there is no way in saying that it is a walk through the park.Emotional support is vital to us all and I am thankiful for the support that I have been receiving on this site. Any tips you can give me will be appreciated.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-02 17:33:33 -0600 Report


Good to hear from you. I am glad that you are a part of our Diabetic Connect family.

I would reallly encourage you to build a strong support team. Line up friends and family members who are willing to be a listening ear, who can listen without judging you, or telling you to "get over it," or who try to tell you what to do or try to fix you in some way. Just tell people that you need them to be around and care about you, and listen to you. That's a starting place. Your friends and family may not know how to reach out, and may be waiting for you to tell them.

You might want to check out the Website,, which is the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. I am only suggesting this because they have a very good listing of local support groups for individuals who are experiencing conditions like depression.

Check out your local chapter of the American Diabetes Association and see if they offer support groups, or can point you in the right direction. You might also try your local mental health department for referrals to support groups, or to recommend a counselor if you need one. Sometimes churches have support groups available as well. And again, if your depression is interfering with any aspect of your life, talk to a mental health professional right away.

Don't go through this alone. One of the main people that individuals facing chronic illness are depressed is that they feel so alone, misunderstood, ignored. Make sure that you have people who can travel this road alongside you.

And stick close with your friends here on Diabetic Connect. We are always here for you.

Keep us posted!

MewElla 2011-01-03 07:36:06 -0600 Report

Your note was appreciated and I will check above mentioned things out . Definitely, I will be here on the Diabetic Connect..this has been good for me.Enjoy your day and thanks again.

MAYS 2011-01-01 18:46:17 -0600 Report

Diabetes is tough.
Don't let depression take control over you, you must control it!
Diabetes should be treated on a day to day basis, each day presents different challenges and situations, you must treat each day as a new day.

Swings are great (the kind that you play on)!

Diabetes mood swings are different, you must not let them dictate anything further than the moment at hand, the appropriate action is required for that moment, whatever it is, plan for the worst, but hope for the best!

You can do it, keep your head up, and your mind focused on success!


CaliKo 2011-01-01 12:15:00 -0600 Report

It's disappointing not to see good numbers when we work so hard. Sometimes the good results are not immediate, but after a few weeks of eating right and exercising, sometimes you begin to see results. I had to lose some extra weight in the beginning of my fight with this disease, and that combined with daily exercise and continuing my meal plan, gave me good numbers. But, sometimes we need medication help, just because of the disease progression. Have you worked with a diabetes educator yet?

MewElla 2011-01-01 13:46:31 -0600 Report

I went to diabetic classes at the hospital for three full days and while I found this helpful once I starting daily living with the diabetes I really started immediately with my walking usually 11-12,000 steps each day and journaling my food intake. All told, I lost a lot of weight and this feels great. But, I am finding out when I think I have in all under control, something else pops out. You can never take a day off from diabetes, it keeps moving. Thanks,

CaliKo 2011-01-01 19:53:37 -0600 Report

I know, we can't take a day off, can we? One other thing that helped me from reading on this site was a more intense testing than what the CDE taught. Take your blood glucose, then eat a food, then test every 30 minutes to see how the glucose goes up and then down. Some foods I had thought were okay with the 2 hour testing really spiked fast and then dropped. Just a way to gain tighter control to get a better A1c. Good luck!

Harlen 2010-12-30 18:32:09 -0600 Report

LOL yep
It takes time to get it all worked out ( like up to two years)
Give your self a brake OK. Yes When my #s swing up and down I have mood swings and some times they get bad lol this was just three years ago as you get better at keeping your #s good you will not have it as bad.
Best wishes

MewElla 2010-12-31 16:19:02 -0600 Report

Thanks for your input. In other words, I just gotta keep on doing my best, right??

Harlen 2010-12-31 17:00:58 -0600 Report

One of the best things I did was to right every thing down what I ate how much I ate how much insulinn I used what my bs was 2 hr afer and by keeping track of what was going on I was able to ajust my insulin to what I was eating and what my insulin to carb ratio is.
Best wishes

MewElla 2011-01-01 07:39:59 -0600 Report

I too, kept a food journal and it was a big help. Then you get complacent that you know what to eat and I gotta away from the journaling. My New Year's Resolution is to get back to the journal and tighten my numbers up. Thanks for reminding me…Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy New Year!!

Harlen 2011-01-01 10:11:11 -0600 Report

It helps me and your right one can become complacent lol I did it too lol
Best wishes