Feeling a range of emotional highs and lows is not uncommon for people living with diabetes.
For one thing, it is just frustrating and difficult to manage diabetes. Also, blood sugar impacts how we feel and can contribute to mood swings.
According to the American Diabetes Association, your target range for your blood sugar can vary from person to person. Generally, target ranges are:
- 80 to 130 milligrams per deciliter (ml/dl) before you eat a meal
- 180 ml/dl or lower a few hours after eating a meal
Numbers below or above your target range could be the source of changing moods.
You may notice that you feel off if your blood sugar is high or low and that getting your level back into the target range instantly improves your outlook.
You might also see a trend in your emotions when your blood glucose is low or high, so it’s important to test your sugar level when you feel a certain way. For instance, low blood glucose levels may make you feel:
High blood glucose levels may make you feel:
It’s important to keep your blood glucose as stable as possible. If you take insulin or a sulfonylurea, keep a fast-acting source of carbohydrate with you at all times. This way, if you have low blood glucose, you can bring it back up quickly.
If you experience big fluctuations throughout the day, talk with your doctor about a potential change to your treatment regimen.
Our moods swings can be a warning sign. It may be time to test our blood glucose and take necessary steps. Share your experience with us in the comments below!
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