Type 1 Diabetes Community
A guide for adults with type 1 diabetes

Highs and Lows That Aren't Blood Sugar

Living with type 1 diabetes can be tough, and it can be very easy to become overwhelmed. The pressure to maintain blood glucose control can be high, and you may feel guilty, angry, or lose motivation and blame yourself if you don’t get the results you wish for.  It’s important to remember that type 1 diabetes isn’t easy!

One thing that many people forget is that your blood glucose levels can also impact your mood – you may feel angrier and short-tempered when your levels are high, or act very differently to your normal self if your levels are low. Do what you need to do, like eat or inject, and soon you will be your normal self!

Keep an eye out for depression

Studies show that living with type 1 diabetes can make you twice as likely to experience depression. It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms, so you know when to reach out for help.

  • Feeling sad down or miserable most of the time
  • Losing interest or pleasure in most of your usual activities
  • Becoming withdrawn, not going out
  • Stopping doing things you used to enjoy
  • Thoughts about being a failure, being worthless, life is not worth living
  • Feeling overwhelmed, tearful, guilty, irritable
  • Having physical symptoms such as feeling tired all the time, having a churning gut, disturbed sleep or a poor appetite

Asking for Support

It’s important to feel like you can reach out for help and talk to others about type 1 diabetes. Your health care professional is there to help you. JDRF also has a support network where we can put you in touch with volunteers who can help you too.

If you are interested in connecting with someone who has lived experience of type 1 diabetes and asking them practical questions about their experience of type 1 diabetes, please contact the JDRF support page and submit a request.

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