People with diabetes may experience highs and lows.1 These can have an impact on the health of the person with diabetes, and also on their behaviour. Your loved one might be following their doctor’s recommendations for their treatment, and doing their best to manage their diabetes, but still may not be getting the blood glucose control that they want.
Understanding their condition's highs and lows, and how to recognise them, will help you to support your loved one.
The Diabetes UK checklist can help you assess the highs and lows and understand the options available. Talking with a healthcare professional can help find adjustments that can make a real difference.
Highs and lows can also have emotional impact, making them feel low and depressed.2
Diabetes-associated depression can also affect the ability of a person with diabetes to control their blood glucose, and can create a vicious circle where the depression affects the ability to control blood glucose, then the poor blood glucose control makes the person with diabetes feel more depressed. Diabetes-associated depression is often under-recognised.2
The strain of caring for a loved one with diabetes can have health consequences for you, too. These may include anxiety and high stress levels – the physical and emotional exhaustion of caring for a loved one with diabetes.3
1. Diabetes.co.uk. High and low blood sugar symptoms: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/high-low-blood-sugar-symptoms.html. Access date Oct 2016
2. Lloyd, C. The effects of diabetes on depression and depression on diabetes. Diabetes Voice 2008;53:23-26
3. Wahowiak, L. Coping with caregiver burnout. Diabetes Forecast, February 2013: http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2013/feb/coping-with-caregiver-burnout.html. Access date Oct 2016