Diabetes

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Posted by: Justin | 2012/02/13

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Diabetes and moodiness and rage

Dr. May,
I am 33 years old. Have had type 1 diabetes for 12 years. I am on apidra and lantus. Also, I take coreg for B.P., Xanex for anxiety, and Ambien Cr for insomnia.

My brother was diagnosed at age 2 and passed away when he was 18 in 1999. Six months later I was diagnosed.

I have always taken good control of my illness but lately lots of things have changed. I get angry and have bits of rage very easily. Also, my job can be stressful and I just don''t have the energy that I use to. I am always tired and if things are not going right I get angry very easy. This type of behavior is starting to scare me and my fiance does not think she can handle these mood swings anymore.

I believe neuropathy is starting to kick in as well. i.e. sweat gland neuropathy, and tingling and pain in my hands and feet. Scariest part is still my mood swings. This is not who I am and I am worried.

Do you think I could have hormones that may be out of balance? Also, I have a very hard time not being to wake up early for work. This is starting to worry me. Any help or in formation you could give me would be dearly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Justin Everett

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Diabetes expert

Dear Justin
The symptoms described are not classical of a hormonal problem. As a type 1 diabetic though, you are more prone to other endocrine problems like low cortisol (Addison’s disease), thyroid problems, low vitamin B12, as well as potentially low testosterone. All of these can be checked with blood tests. I would suggest seeing you doctor first to discuss the symptoms, and if they feel it necessary to test for the above, then will do so. If these are negative, then would suggest seeing a psychologist, as with a chronic disease like diabetes, one is more likely to acquire emotional issues related to having a chronic disease.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/02/21

Dear Justin
The symptoms described are not classical of a hormonal problem. As a type 1 diabetic though, you are more prone to other endocrine problems like low cortisol (Addison’s disease), thyroid problems, low vitamin B12, as well as potentially low testosterone. All of these can be checked with blood tests. I would suggest seeing you doctor first to discuss the symptoms, and if they feel it necessary to test for the above, then will do so. If these are negative, then would suggest seeing a psychologist, as with a chronic disease like diabetes, one is more likely to acquire emotional issues related to having a chronic disease.

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