From Leicester, England:
I am a 51 year old female who has had type 2 diabetes for two years, and is treated with an oral hypoglycemic agent. Last month, my doctor told me that my blood pressure was up slightly and gave me a diet to lower my cholesterol. I also take anti-depressants and hormones. I get dizzy when out, especially in crowds, and find balance a difficulty. I sometimes stumble and nearly walk into people. My life is full of stress which is caused by factors beyond my control, and I am constantly tired. I'm fed up with it. What should I do next?
I don't think diabetes is your actually first priority, even though blood pressure and cholesterol must be kept under strict control for sure. Typeá2 diabetes brings an extra cardiovascular risk to patients, and blood pressure and cholesterol amplify that risk much further. However, when you describe your feelings while out in the street, a psychiatric consultation is my only thought as the 'next' step towards feeling better. Ask your doctor for further help.
Original posting 19 Apr 2001
Posted to Complications
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:22
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