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By Mags54 Latest Reply 2011-02-17 13:34:12 -0600
Started 2011-02-14 12:24:04 -0600

I'm new and just learning to navigate here so I apologize if this question is discussed elsewhere.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 last fall and take Metformin for control. My A1C has gone from 7 to 5.9 and I am slowly losing weight. I feel this is a good start but I'm finding myself confused and overwhelmed by what I should/shouldn't do, the info available, etc. That's pretty normal, right?

The thing I'm wondering is this…I've read and heard that diabetes can lead to depression. I tend to be a pretty positive person but definitely do have some mood swings. They seem to be a bit more severe lately…I'm more sensitive and weepy (UGH!!!). Problem is, I'm not sure if this is normal female mood swings or possibly related to the diabetes.

I don't feel like I'm mentally fighting the diagnosis, but I can be pretty oblivious sometimes. Has anyone else gone through this? Any tips? Hints?

18 replies

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-02-16 14:24:30 -0600 Report

Mags 54, I am Mrs. Alice (now 53 lol). I have read the replies here. There is great information particularly with seeing a diabetic educating nurse. Having mine the first 3 months kept me from allowing myself to go nuts or get too blue over Type II. I also ordered some magazines to give me info that applied to me. I too have good friends at home, church, and work who support and encourage me. I hope you have the same. Let us know your progress.

Kaiyle 2011-02-16 11:15:41 -0600 Report

Hello Mags, and welcome to the family. We have all experienced these emotions and after being in this thing for eight months now, sometimes I still have my spells. Yet my most valuable weapon to clear the cobwebs is a good dose of exercise. It just brings me back to life, making me mentally and physically stronger. Talking with someone about how you feel, reading a good book, playing your favorite music, or just getting out of the house are just some of the ways to help keep you on an even keel.

Mags54 2011-02-16 10:52:57 -0600 Report

Thank you all for your replies! It's always good to know you're not alone in the boat. Guess I'll just have to be more aware. The mood swings have been gradual and I'm starting to realize the 'warning signs'.

I was fortunate enough be able to attend a class just after my dx in which I learned a lot about eating properly. I'm meeting with the nutritionist again though to reinforce and refresh some of what we covered.

From reading this forum, I've decided I need to discuss testing with my doctor. My stepmom gave me one of her old meters and I took it to his office for instructions on use, only to be told by the nurse that he doesn't normally recommend testing for patients on oral meds with good A1C. But if monitoring my glucose levels before/after meals, etc can help the overall, long-term picture, I guess I'll suck it up and play pincushion. Any suggestions on meters/strips, especially as to cost and ease of use?

CaliKo 2011-02-16 11:01:35 -0600 Report

If the nutritionist is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), he or she will be able to both show you how to use a meter, and tell you about the different kinds. Mine found out which meter my insurance covered and already had one for me when I went to class. So that's the only one I've tried. It's a Bayor Contour. My CDE, like the people on this site, recommended tested a lot more than my doctor did, but he keeps refilling the prescription for the strips anyway (the strips are partially covered by insurance if you have a prescription, you'll need to tell your doctors nurse which meter you are using so they can write the prescription). Hope that helps, and good luck.

Lakeland 2011-02-15 19:48:28 -0600 Report

I know for me, the beginning was the worst. My dad & brother have diabetes, but my sugar was 550 & I went blurry, so I felt like I went bad fast. Till the doctor got me into classes, I was afraid to fall asleep thinking I'd be dead.

Then during the classes the rules changed from what my dad was told about eating & things, so I was getting angry, I didn't want to go back, I told the instructor, you either lied to my dad or your lying to me now. She said we have so much new info.

I decided to make a science project. Do something, & test, or Eat & test. Take a walk & test. learning cause & effect. I felt somewhat in control.

IE to night I had to have a nerve block & they said my blood sugar will go up— it did it was 80 when I went in & 235 when I got home. my metformin didn't bring it down, but I did eat supper. even though I was in pain & not suppose to do anything -0 I went for a walk and my number dropped to 135. Wow.

this type of info has been very good for me to know I have control & even when things go wacky, I know it's temporary.

1 tip that helped me alot is. when picking your diet. pick where you want your carb. If you want dessert don't eat bread, if you want the bread, choose high fiber (it takes the body longer to break it down into sugar & won't spike your number) then skip dessert.

Smaller portions & more frequent eating & regular good snacks, veggies, fruit, will keep your sugars more even & I actually eat more often now that I'm diabetic & because of walking, I've lost 40 pounds. I have never been able to lose weight before. So I'm taking care of my self much better. I owe it to diabetes.

best wishes

MewElla 2011-02-15 13:09:16 -0600 Report

Absolutely, I know what you are going through. In fact, most of us, I would venture to say, no matter how long since the diagnosis fall into depression and mood swings, get teary eyed, etc. I truly think it is the nature of the beast. But on days where everything seems to click, and I can actually feel I have done something good for myself…it's almost like a day to really celebrate. Just keep on taking those "baby steps forward" and doing your best, no matter what. We are in for the long haul. Good Luck to you.

Elrond 2011-02-15 00:00:09 -0600 Report

In agreement with the others, I would have my doubts about the stability of a person recently diagnosed with a severe chronic disease like diabetes who isn't confused and upset. I've been fighting diabetes for more than 30 years and I still only win an occasional battle. But every little victory is a point for our side. Hang right in there and learn all you can.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-02-14 22:00:06 -0600 Report


I can't address the medical issues around diabetes but I can tell you that a medical diagnosis comes wth a lot of changes, questions, uncertainty. And that can bring up a lot of emotions like fear, sadness, anger... and feeling helpless. All of this can contribute to depression.

This would be something to bring up with your doctor. You might also want to reach out to a mental health professional, or ask you doctor to make a recommendation. It could be really helpful to talk to someone about how you are feeling, get some perspective, learn some new coping skills.

Make sure you are getting both medical and emotional support as you continue to adjust to the challenges you are facing. Don't g through this alone.


Harlen 2011-02-14 20:47:21 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
It is normal to feel that way . LOL I know I did lol
When my BS swings way up then gose way down I get in a bad or grumpy mood.
Your doing good a lot better then a lot of us here have done in so short time .
Keep the carbs low and work out every other day.
Best wishes

RAYT721 2011-02-14 16:01:58 -0600 Report

Yes, being diagnosed with anything can lead to depression and it's completely normal. Let's face it… you have some life changes to make and change is not always easy. The most important thing to consider is how BAD the depression is. There are support groups like this one for the mild "blah" spells but severe depression may require counseling and/or medication so make sure you are in tune with the severity and don't underestimate it as "just okay." For thoughts of suicide (hurting yourself) or homicide (hurting others) or some other cide or side, don't put off getting professional help (I mean that in a nice way). Tips? Cry if you want to. Find things to motivate yourself when you feel unmotivated. If you are gonna go through changes and challenges, make them good ones. And… I don't think my bouts with depression were caused by menopause or PMS.

Pynetree 2011-02-17 13:00:08 -0600 Report

LOL! I'd bet you're right on not blaming your depression directly on PMS or menopause…but I know I 've put my husband into a depression, while I was PMSing or "changing"!

realsis77 2011-02-14 13:58:44 -0600 Report

Yes its difficult to accept at first and I believe a wide range of emotions is normal. For me I was in denial for quite some time. I think it really sunk in when I got put on insulin.I found out the more I learned about diabetes the better I felt. Remember knowledge is power. Read get books on diabetes, books on coping, they have several great books out there and they really helped me. I got a few books made for the newly diaganosed diabetic and they were wonderful. Also cookbooks helped me learn what to eat and how to prepare it. These kind of books can serve as a super tool for the newly diaganosed! They really helped me a lot! Don't worry what your feeling is perfectly normal. Look into getting some books I think they will really help. Also it does get better.soon it will just become a way of life and you will feel better too! Hang in there and if you ever need to talk I'll be here for you! Have a great day!

CaliKo 2011-02-14 12:35:24 -0600 Report

That sounds like my whole first year. As I was losing weight and bringing my blood glucose levels down, I was often either very, very cranky, or uncharacteristically sad. I think part of it is mentally adjusting to your new reality, and I think part of it is how the dropping blood glucose levels make you feel. It does get easier, and should level out some once you reach your goals. Of course, as always, if you think your depression is more serious than that, seek help from a health professional. Clinical depression is common with diabetes and most chronic illnesses. I find exercise is a good medicine for mood and blood glucose levels. Good luck and congrats on bringing your A1C down below 6!

Mags54 2011-02-14 13:09:38 -0600 Report

Thanks, CaliKo. I knew I couldn't be the only one that had experienced this but it's hard to tell where to draw the line. When am I whining and when should I be concerned. lol Appreciate your input.

lori2010 2011-02-15 14:49:17 -0600 Report

I think what you're feeling and going through is perfectly normal. I mean, being told that you have an incurable disease, as we've all been, is a staggering thing to face. I think anyone who doesn't have mood swings, etc should be worried. Cry and/or whine all you want to. You're entitled to any feelings you have. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If it gets so bad that it starts affecting your everyday life, you would need to see your doctor. Also, if you're not already, try exercise. Not only will it help lower your sugars (and weight), but it can really help emotionally as well. Good luck.

CaliKo 2011-02-14 14:08:15 -0600 Report

It is difficult to know exactly where that line is. I think part of it is how long you stay there. I think I'm in the obsessive stage now (2 years 3 months into this) because I live and breathe with my choices in regards to diabetes. Have a good day.

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