From Georgia, USA:
I am 40 and have had Type 1 for 10 months now. During Christmas, I got extremely depressed and angry about having diabetes. I convinced myself I did not have diabetes and quit taking insulin for a couple of days. My doctor convinced me to start taking insulin again. Since then, I have been put on anti-depressant medication. I have not had problems of this sort before. Is this emotional stuff due to diabetes and if so, how in the heck do you control it?
Type 1 diabetes that starts at age 40 is very unusual even though it is known to occur. I bring this up because you might think to talk to your doctor about why he is sure it is Type 1 and not Type 2; for example, did you have antibody studies done?. The reason for questioning this is you might perhaps be a candidate for one of the new blood sugar lowering drugs like metformin [Glucophage® brand] or troglitazone [Rezulin® brand] and if you were not Type 1 and getting away from injections might help with the depression.
There is no evidence that diabetes of any type is a direct metabolic cause of depression although the stress of learning the diagnosis is a common way of precipitating the onset. The use of antidepressant medication is the usual first step in trying to resolve this burden; but it may be that you will need professional help to get over this, something you should keep in touch with your physician over.
Original posting 23 Mar 97
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
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