How to Handle Diabetes-Related Irritability

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be physically taxing, but these conditions can also take a toll on your mental health.

Several studies have shown there to be a link between diabetes and depression, anxiety or other mood-related disorders. Sometimes the physical symptoms can exacerbate negative emotions, and it's important to learn how to deal with diabetes-related irritability.

To better balance your moods and stay even keel, check in with yourself often and make your mental health a top priority.

Distinguish Between Physical and Emotional Symptoms

Identification and recognition of your irritability – as well as where it's coming from – is key. Ask yourself if you're feeling irritable because of your physical discomfort or if there were emotional triggers that brought on the irritability. Sometimes it's one or the other; sometimes it's both. Knowing the difference, however, can help you take steps to manage the irritability in the right ways.

Check your Blood Sugar

Extreme fluctuations in blood sugar can cause serious mood swings, so your irritability may very well be due to your current glucose levels.

Make it a habit to check your blood sugar whenever you start feeling agitated. You may notice patterns – like feeling more irritable when your blood sugar starts to drop, for instance – that you can then monitor and manage better.

Talk About your Feelings

Diabetes is a life-altering condition, so it's perfectly normal to have an emotional response to the challenges it can bring.

Sometimes merely talking about your struggles with a trusted friend or loved one can help you feel less irritable. Be honest about what you're struggling with and ask for help if you need it.

There may be specific lifestyle changes you need to make that require the support of your family and friends. Don't be afraid to ask for this assistance.

Get Regular Check-ups

While diabetes can certainly cause mood swings, getting regular check-ups will ensure there is nothing else going on that's causing the irritability.

Hormonal imbalances, disease or even stress can bring on feelings of agitation. Your doctor will be able to determine if perhaps your irritability is stemming from another condition.

Source: Health Day

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