November 27, 2012

Does Blood Glucose Affect Your Mood?

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The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Researchers set out to understand the impact of glycemic variability on mood and quality of life.

This study sheds light on a topic that has been accepted but not well understood for years. Poor glucose control is associated with more diabetes complications, depression, and worse quality of life. Women are especially prone because they are at greater risk for depression, poorer quality of life, and earlier cardiac morbidity and mortality.

Researchers found that glucose variability and anxiety were significant, and those with depression were marginal. Anxiety and depression occur more often in women with diabetes than men with diabetes. The importance of these findings is that anxiety and depression may impact on diabetes self-care behaviors and quality of life, and glucose variability may be a factor associated with these outcomes.

Here comes the ringing endorsement for the use of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Medtronic, Dexcom, and Echo Therapeutics — here’s your chance to give Zoloft, Prosac, and Lexapro a run for the money.

After the study was analyzed, the use of CGM to improve glucose control and reduce the volatility and variability was suggested.  It was found that the reduction of glucose variability has been associated with a lower risk of dangerously low and dangerously high sugars, in addition to being shown to impact mood.

Using a CGM to improve the mental and physical well-being of persons with diabetes has significant implications for both patients and heath care professionals. The long-run of dramatically reducing the possibility of complications is an obvious bonus.

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