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diabeties and anger

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by panda691, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. panda691

    panda691 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I have had diabetes type 2 for just on 4 years now medication and diet.....but im going through a bad time at home with the wife and 3 kids im not sleeping due to arguments in the day and my 2 year old sleep walking and I think ive got sleep apnea back again too I feel like I wanna kill someone/thing due to anger my diet is rubbish im over eating on junk food/chocolate and its driving me mad......any ideas if stress can cause high or lows I had 2 lows in the last 2 weeks but im high for quiet a few weeks now???
  2. luceeloo

    luceeloo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.
    I find that stress causes quite noticable highs with me. I can go from levels of around 5.5 to 15.5 simply through work related stress.
    If you are also overeating junk, that won't help with your blood sugar balance. I found that not only does eating chocolate give me the obvious immediate high, but it also gives me a low later. I know it's difficult, but try and find something sweet that won't affect your levels quite so much (an Options or Highlights Hot Chocolate won't affect your blood sugar too much... that's my "go to" if I'm having one of those "the world is going to end" days).
  3. karenmc2

    karenmc2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    karenmc2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi your post has just jumped out at me I myself have been having anger episodes for the last 4 months I am type 2 on tabs and gliclazide Inj I suffer from depression but this feels diff I go off the rails don't eat properly to punish myself and argue with people maybe you should allow yourself quiet hours where you can step away if it continues ask to be referred to a counsellor good luck
  5. alanywiseman

    alanywiseman Type 1 · Member

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    I have type 1 had have had terrible control the past 2 years. I have in the past 3/4 weeks decided enough was enough and have been testing 5-8 times a day.

    I now have better control of me BS and with it. Marked improvement in my mood. I am less angry, volatile and argumentative. It is my wide that has really noticed the difference. Could this be a factor?
  6. Richard0804

    Richard0804 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi Panda691 Like you I have diabetes type 2, 9 years now. Yeah it's hard at times. The one thing that I have found is that you need a good nights sleep. Up until 2 years ago I found it very difficult to get very much sleep at all, maybe 2 to 3 hrs a night. I went to my GP and asked to be referred to a SLEEP CLINIC. I had tests and was found to have SLEEP APNOEA. I was prescribed a brilliant machine called a CPAP machine, you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth connected to the machine via a flexi tube, after a night or two you get used to it. What is does is to give you a constant supply of air at a prescribed rate which is set at the clinic. If during the night you stop breathing, which is what sleep apnoea is all about, the inbuilt computer sends a higher pressure air flow to open your airways. When your breathing goes back to normal then the CPAP machine reduces pressure and Hey Presto You have a really good nights sleep, waking refreshed and rearing to face the world again.
    Go to your GP and make enquiries. Good Luck my friend.
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    2christine Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Richard, and I think Daisy will be sending you some advise too, if you follow some of the threads on this site you will see others stories, are very similar to your own and importantly the solutions to your problems ,good luck and best wishes:)
  8. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hi Panda691 and welcome to the forum:)

    Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it helpful. Ask all the questions you like and someone will help.


    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find well over 70,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips
    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
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