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Support for People with Mood Disorders => General Discussion => Topic started by: Dragonfly on August 24, 2017, 07:42:56 pm

Title: having very bad dreams and fluctuating sugar levels
Post by: Dragonfly on August 24, 2017, 07:42:56 pm
My kidney specialist has told me to watch that my sugar levels do not go down too far. I am on insulin and my kidneys are not functioning well.
I think this fluctuation in sugar levels are affecting my moods. Maybe this is creating my bad dreams. I am going to see my kidney specialist this month. So will discuss these symptoms with him. Also will be seeing my diabetic specialist and pdoc next month.
Does anyone here with diabetes experience mood changes?

I am probably focusing too much on myself lately. Please bear with me. (I can't seem to spell these days)

Title: Re: having very bad dreams and fluctuating sugar levels
Post by: paulm on August 27, 2017, 10:20:20 pm
Hello Dragonfly. My mood changes tend to be minor these days, compared to what they used to be like, but definitely when my sugar levels go out of wack it doesn't help. (I have type 2 diabetes).  Right now I'm having problems controlling the diabetes with diet and pills so the doc and I are looking for answers other than insulin if it can be avoided. And yes I'm a bit moody right now, but that's also partly because I have a lot going on in my life right now.

 In regards to nightmares, I had a real problem for yrs, but my pdoc and I were able to spend some time examining them and possible causes and they have really tapered off since then. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: having very bad dreams and fluctuating sugar levels
Post by: Dragonfly on August 30, 2017, 11:07:05 am
Hi Paul,

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes by my doc I was put on pills. Unfortunately as time went by I had to be put on insulin. I was very upset when they told me I had to go on insulin.

It is always difficult to balance the sugar levels. To keep my levels mostly good it has been a lot of work. By no means are they perfect but my three months check for sugar level is where it should be.

It has taken a lot of reading labels on foods to keep myself in check. Still do this all the time. Following the carbohydrate diet that the people at the diabetic clinic have advised has helped me greatly. (should not call it a diet but a way of living a better life style.)

What helped me greatly was writing down what I ate in a day and counting the carbohydrates. After awhile you don't have to do this anymore.

This way of eating does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work. A good rule is not to have foods in the house that are not good for you. Otherwise inevitably you will eat them. This may be harder for you since you also live with your wife who might eat different things.

I have gotten into a routine. Checking my blood sugars many times a day. Watching when I am very active. The sugar level can go too low. Watching the diet as I have said.

I hope I am not boring you. I am sure you already know about what I am saying.

I will talk to my pdoc about the bad dreams. I believe I have more stresses in my life that I don't even thing I have. This maybe something to do with the dreams.