Do your hypos affect your close relationships?

Monday, 19 December 2016

Having diabetes can be frustrating, but imagine being in the shoes of your loved ones or colleagues watching from the sideline while you treat hypos and deal with mood swings associated with fluctuating blood glucose levels. The diabetes might be yours, but it can also affect those around you.

Hypo symptoms are the brain’s reaction to a lack of glucose and may greatly increase your emotional response which can make you exceptionally happy, silly, worried, frightened, paranoid or angry. The effect can be strikingly similar to being drunk and may worsen if left untreated.

Often, regardless of the reason for your changed emotions, the first reaction by those around you is to blame your diabetes. Some might even be accuse you of not looking after yourself or they may even want you to keep higher BGLs to avoid hypos. Even with the patience of a saint you may struggle with having to repeatedly explaining yourself and your diabetes.

You can start by letting those closest to you know how you react when your levels are dropping too low and how they can help. Look for reason why hypos may be happening and discuss strategies to reduce the frequency or prevent them with your diabetes team.

Every relationship can be trying at times, throw in diabetes and it can be extra complicated. Check out our Mood articles for advice on mental health and diabetes or call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.


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