I feel the same way too, I ask my endo about it once and he said it had something (don't ask me what) to do with the harmone insulin being too much in our systems at the time. I have an appotiment with him at 9:30 today and I will ask again maybe I will remember what he says this time last time I was a little low (like 23) when I ask him! HA!!
There is negative, then there is combative, there is belligerant... all kinds of "darkness" to play with, once low!
My bet is brain chemistry, and the sugar necessary to maintain "higher order" brain functions like joy, contentment, pleasure (so forth) goes bye-bye witth the bloodsugar crashing. Increase it and the chemistry goes back to the preffered normalcy...
Option b) the primitive brain, deprived of sugar literally returns to the emotions that keep us alive, from primitive caveman type "threats". In short removed of the bloodsugar the normal filters of behavior go bye-bye fast...
I've wondered that too since it happens to me...and I've even used this (the sudden spin into super negative, depressive thoughts) as a warning to check myself..... and then when it returns to normal....things seem more mangeable...maybe because our bodies switch into survival mode... things that we could normally take into stride are suddenly overwhelming and we can't process it....which can start a downward spiral...I noticed too that when this happens I don't really have a lot of physical signs of a low...
When I am low, I also get emotional: irritated,then sad and confused, this is sometimes without physical symptoms ,but it is my cue to test and treat if necessary. I always can tell when I am under 65, just by the little changes in emotional perspectives. as well as that "sliding into lowness physical drop" on the inside I feel when low
OMG, I thought I was the only one! I had a scary low the other day, and not because it was low but because of the thoughts that were going through my head. I think what is the point of life, why does anything exist. etc. Usually I tend to get very analytical when I'm low. Very often I have to go to the bathroom when I'm low and I must figure out what to do first...go to the bathroom or treat the low. I think it is just the body not responding correctly to the what is happening around it.
Been diabetic since 1953. I have been extremely fortunate according to my Endo. and the Dr's. at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. By this I'm referring to the fact that so far I have had no complcations. I take care of my sugar but even this is certainly no guarantee. The only guarantee with diabetes is if you don't give it care you'll suffer a miserable and premature death.
Since day one, when my suger gets down to the low 60's and lower, I get in a terrible mood. What concerns and surprises me is I fight these symtoms, make excuses for this awful mood. The exact medical reason for these mood swings I'm not at all sure science has the answer, although ALL doctors will give you one.
Don't concern yourself with why. The fact is it happens to all of us, along with the sweating, etc.
Lucky for me, my wonderful wife knows if my sugar is low from across the street. Oftentimes I have even disagreed with her opinion even though she has not been wrong once and I should know better. Mary won't listen to my denial crap and I give up and drink 3-5 ozs. of white grape juice. Within a minute or three my bad, depressed, and very negative mood is gone.
So, I am either cranky, I cry, or I am the "Fun Tanya".
I stopped off at Mc Donalds one day b/c I didn't have anything for my low BS. So I ordered and paid for my OJ. It took over 5 minutes, so I went and asked them how long it would be. As I was tellign them I was diabetic, I started crying. Then they had a girl who was crying uncontrollably because she needed her OJ, and other people were getting their happy meals ahead of her. Crying is not unusual, especially if I feel that I am not in control. I can't think too clearly.
My boyfriend met me as I was tightening my blood sugar control and he saw me have a few serious lows. I was sweet, and giggled a lot, sometimes. I was either the "Fun Tanya" or the "Cranky Tanya". I have had better control, which means I have fewer lows. My boyfriend told me today that he misses the "Fun Tanya". I had no idea how to respond.
Yes on both! This my 57th year with Type 1 and I have learned when I begin to feel in a bad mood and have nothing nice to sat to anyone, this is a sure sign that my sugar is lower than I want it.
I have awful dreams for the same reason. Strange dreams to say the least.
When either of these symptoms happen, get a glass of juice immediately.
Have read articles on these same symptoms. These conditions are very common with diabetics.
You are perfectly normal, and cute.
Hypoglycemia always makes people hyperemotional- what that means differs from person to person.
Some people break down crying, sobbing for no reason. Others get very violent and start freaking out and attacking people. I personally tend to get really gregarious, really amped up and sociable, and start telling stories with no point and hitting on waitresses.
When low, I often get very sad or very quiet. I have a friend who is very surprised that I don't get angry. She knew a diabetic who would get enraged when low and would not believe they needed to eat something! Diabetics often get angry and argumentative when low. It just depends. The whole thing makes sense--when low you don't have enough blood sugar to keep mental functions working the way they are supposed to. Your brain is being deprived of the glucose it needs so functions are bit off!
I was diagnosed in 1952.
The only really consistant thing with T1 is the innitial moodyness when sugar starts getting too low.
As sugar gets lower the bad mood becomes anger.
This is such a sure thing to me that I don't even test when feeling moody. Usually my sweet of choice is white grape juice.
For better than a year now I have used a Continuous Glucose Monitor.
Haven't had a hypo event since day one.
I love my CGM!
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