Diabetes is a serious, and sometimes life-threatening conditioning. It’s important to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and make the appropriate lifestyle changes.
If you have diabetes then you should consider using CGM devices, these will read your blood glucose level every five minutes and give you all the data you need to make informed choices.
But, what if you’re dealing with diabetes alongside another disorder? Approximately 53% of people with bipolar also have diabetes, you’re certainly not alone.
This disorder used to be referred to as manic depression. In essence, the sufferer will experience periods of extreme depression followed by periods of abnormally elevated moods. In other words, colossal mood swings which can’t be controlled.
When in elevated states, it is generally referred to as mania or hypomania; depending on how extreme it is.
Dealing with bipolar disorder is difficult enough. At times you’ll feel that you have all the energy you need to take on the world and win. But, at other times, you’ll simply want to crawl into a corner; overwhelmed by how hopeless everything seems.
When you add diabetes into this you can see the issue.
- Your mood is so elevated that you don’t see how you could possibly have a health issue and decide not to worry about checking or managing your blood sugar levels.
- In the depressed state you’ll feel there is no hope, so why worry about if diabetes is going to kill you?
Managing Them Both
The first step has to be to build a schedule. By checking your blood glucose every day and even going as far as to create an exercise and eating plan, you’ll create a habit. This can be created with the use of your CGM device; allowing you to access all the information you need to create the perfect plan for you.
The important thing about making this a habit is that it becomes something you just do, regardless of your emotive state.
You also need to create a solid support network. These will be people that understand the issues you are dealing with and will help to ensure you take medication and regulate your diet and exercise plans.
Creating an eating plan may seem extreme but you need to think about every item that you put in your mouth. It raises the question of how many carbs and do you have/or have you taken enough insulin?
These are not questions you can deal with while in extreme states of mind, your schedule will help to ensure you have the right balance at all times.
It can be useful to give yourself a break and accept residential treatment. This will remove many of the issues which will allow you to focus on building your routine and achieving your goals in life.
Routine and regular blood sugar monitoring will make it possible for you to manage bipolar disorder and diabetes successfully.