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Is your loved one experiencing highs and lows?

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Is your loved one experiencing highs and lows?

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Experiencing highs and lows?

People with diabetes may experience highs and lows.1,2 These can have an impact on the health of the person with diabetes, and also on their behaviour. Your loved one might be following their doctor’s recommendations for their treatment, and doing their best to manage their diabetes, but still may not be getting the blood sugar control that they want.

Understanding their diabetes highs and lows and how to recognize them will help you to support your loved one.

Our diabetes checklist can help you assess the highs and lows and understand the options available. Talking with a healthcare professional can help find adjustments that can make a real difference.

Consequences of highs and lows

Uncontrolled diabetes may put your loved one at risk of diabetic complications,1 while highs and lows can also have an emotional impact, making them feel low and depressed.

Diabetes-associated depression can also affect the ability of a person with diabetes to control their blood sugar, and can create a vicious circle where the depression affects the ability to control blood sugar, then the poor blood sugar control makes the person with diabetes feel more depressed. Diabetes-associated depression is often under-recognized.3–5

As a caregiver, the strain of caring for a loved one with diabetes can have health consequences for you, too. These may include burnout – the physical and emotional exhaustion of caring for a loved one with diabetes.6

1. UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Group. The Lancet Vol 352, Sept 1998
2. Diabetes.co.uk. High and low blood sugar symptoms: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/high-low-blood-sugar-symptoms.html; - Access date: 24 Sept 2015
3. Lloyd C. The effects of diabetes on depression and depression on diabetes. Diabetes Voice 2008;53:23-26;
4. Penckofer S, et al. Diabetes Technol Ther 2012;14(4):303–310;
5. Rizzo MR, et al. Diabetes Care 2010;33(10):2169–2174;
6. Wahowiak L. Coping with caregiver burnout. Diabetes Forecast, February 2013: http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2013/feb/coping-with-caregiver-burnout.html. Access date 24 Sept 2015