Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Can Diabetes Trigger Mood Swings? (part 1 of 2)

There are many challenges associated with diabetes.  It is a disease that affects not just the individual but also those around him, including his family and friends.  Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that destroys insulin-producing cells and can affect anyone regardless of age or gender.  But can diabetes trigger mood swings?  And how can this be managed?

Understanding diabetes and your emotions
Diabetes is characterized by the body's inability to produce insulin.  Insulin is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that regulates the absorption of sugar by the cells.  If the body does not get enough supply of insulin, sugar that is present in the system is collected in the urine and the blood.  This then leads to unusual thirst, hunger and frequent urination.  The problem here is that these reactions of the body affects normal cellular functions.

People who have diabetes will often experience strong and frequent mood swings.
They could, for example, lose their temper, lash out, become introverted or show positive emotions in a very unusual and chaotic manner.  Outbursts among people who have diabetes can also become fairly common.

The problem here is that they may not even be aware of these outbursts and may in fact even have no memory of it.  When confronted, they could even react with guilt or anxiety.  Sometimes, emotions can be expressed as melancholy, wherein the person suffering from diabetes expresses extreme sadness.  This show of strong emotions can be very unpredictable, something that can often surprise and offend family members and close associates.

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