Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-03-20 09:59:11 -0500
Started 2017-02-28 10:02:20 -0600

I say yes! When my sugar is running high I often find myself feeling…well…not myself. I can get very snippy and irritable or it can easily turn into tears for no real other reason. I know when my glucose is steady, I am much more happy on the inside and find emotional stability as well.

Here is an interesting article on the topic:

Do you find your levels affect you emotionally as much as they do physically?

24 replies

Finny Foo
Finny Foo 2017-03-20 09:59:11 -0500 Report

I never knew this possibility but now that I think about it, yes, it could be possible or just the sugar causing irritability in itself. But never got higher than 144 so I don 't know if that's high enough??

Finny Foo
Finny Foo 2017-03-20 09:54:46 -0500 Report

My levels have never gone higher than 144 and that was after a sugary food. Is that high enough for an emotional upset to be affected ?

Finny Foo
Finny Foo 2017-03-20 09:50:59 -0500 Report

My levels have never gone higher than 144 and that was after a sugary food. Is that high enough for an emotional upset to be affected ?

Stuart1966 2017-03-18 22:05:38 -0500 Report

Brain chemistry caused by our blood sugar is always harder than the physical bits. Then we have to figure out OK, is this intensity, this degree of whatever the diabetes teething, OR we have a really, really bad day and just happen to be diabetic at the same time that we are loopy, seething, dopey, goofy, etc., etc. Strong emotions are not always diabetes!!!

I am far, far less susceptible to any of the emotional aspects by virtue of decades experience. Things happen enough, don't effect you the 100th time, the way they did the 1st, 5th, the 23td.

Lows far more dangerous than highs, lows reason diminishes. Rational thinking, intellect all gone. My perspective emotional is far more difficult and dangerous. With our mental filters disintegrated, failing emotions are far more dangerous.

Clg4 2017-03-15 22:05:26 -0500 Report

This article was for Type 2 Diabetics and I'm glad the person in the article got what she needed to get her blood sugars down. What about us Type 1 Diabetics? There seems to be more focus on Type 2 Diabetics all the time and nothing about Type 1 Diabetics. Mkes me wonder.

GabbyPA 2017-03-16 20:00:18 -0500 Report

In this case, high blood sugar is high blood sugar. Doesn't really matter what type it is. Having levels out of control for anyone can be emotionally draining in many ways.

haoleboy 2017-03-16 11:40:42 -0500 Report

a bit less than 10% of the US population are diabetic and of that number only about 5% are type 1, so it seems only logical that there is more written about type 2. that said there are a number of sites/blogs dedicated to type 1.

ArjayTN 2017-03-04 15:54:43 -0600 Report

I tend more toward weak when low oblivious when high. Biggest problems I've had with more extreme or emotional reactions has been from medications. Perhaps some of us are more canary than others!

Paige9smom 2017-03-03 18:58:56 -0600 Report

I was having lows about a third of my tests, so we changed my meds, but yes it made me anxious and grumpy.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-03-02 16:34:24 -0600 Report

Gabby, thanks for sharing this article. It's really interesting. I can say that I hear a lot of stories similar to yours from my clients who are diabetic. I am really hypoglycemic, and when I am in a low, I get anxious and irritable, always a sign that I need to pick myself up with some protein.

robertoj 2017-03-01 04:19:13 -0600 Report

Yes but it is only one of the many factors for me. I have been going through a really aggressive treatment for another issue.It didn't seem much of a problem until recently and my glucose got high and has stayed high for weeks.

w8chd 2017-02-28 18:58:38 -0600 Report

i never really thought about it much. Until recently mine had been running high (400+) for so long I probably didn't notice any differences. Lately I have started a new approach and it is working very well. I have found I am happier when I check and get good readings. So I would have to say there is some connection between the two regarding emotional responses.

cmr55 2017-02-28 16:38:26 -0600 Report

I agree when my blood sugars are high I can get emotional unstable. Irritable cranky what ever you want to call. I am usually a happy person and things do not bother. Me My grandson and hubby learned what the signs are and they make sure I check BS right away. Lucky for me have not had any highs in a long while. When high it did make me feel irritable and would get really tired. The sad part when it is happening you do not realize what is happening to you. Most of us here have learned what both high and low BS can do to us.

debcox 2017-02-28 11:44:57 -0600 Report

I haven't had any issues with high blood sugars and instability but I have with lower numbers. My baby sister ran into this issue while we were looking for a restaurant in CA. It took us forever to find it which was about 15 minutes past when I should have eaten. I parked my car in front of Ihop, ran in and asked for a table and a small coke asap as my sugar was dropping. I left my sister in the car because she was talking too much, would not shut-up. I vaguely remember stopping the car and hitting the steering wheel while I screamed "will you just shut up." I felt bad after but I was concentrating on parking so we would be safe and I found a spot and headed for it and she just would not be quiet but insisted another restaurant, a different parking spot and on and on.

Type1Lou 2017-02-28 15:43:59 -0600 Report

I can sure relate Deb. I usually continue to insist that I'm OK when others around me notice that I'm going low…even though I also know I'm going low and may have treated for it but it isn't kicking in fast enough…we are just not ourselves at that time.

Kakie33 2017-02-28 11:05:40 -0600 Report

I can't say that my emotions are doing yoyo… only my dog could verify that ;)
However I know for a fact that when my numbers are good, I am happier for sure, but that is given the test results I'll be happy, sad or frustrated.

Like you said before in a different post, diabetes has to be the most frustrating medical condition! It affects the emotions because it is so hard to understand what's going on!!!
Courage Gabby, I think you are doing so well… and being pro-active as you are helps not only you but this whole diabetic community => <3

Type1Lou 2017-02-28 10:58:39 -0600 Report

I also know that low blood sugars can cause irrational responses. I get confused, argumentative and even more obstinate than usual when having a hypo.