Common thoughts and feelings when living with diabetes

On paper, managing diabetes sounds pretty straightforward – take insulin to manage your glucose levels by matching it to the amount of carbohydrate in the foods you eat.  However, those who live with diabetes know it is much more complex. Diabetes can be very practical, physically, and emotionally demanding. It is a 24/7 job that involves constant thought and effort.  

It is very common for people with diabetes to experience various emotions that can seem unpredictable and confusing at times. Below are some common feelings that people with diabetes experience. Everyone is different, but you may relate to some of these – you’re not alone. Click on the button below to see a list of emotions you may feel.

  • worried 
  • annoyed 
  • scared 
  • blamed 
  • sad 
  • angry 
  • guilty 
  • ashamed 
  • punished 
  • frustrated 
  • embarrassed 
  • People also experience lots of different thoughts about their diabetes. Click on the button below. You might have noticed your mind saying some of these things to you: 

  • “Why me?”  
  • “I am different.” 
  • “No one understands how hard it is.” 
  • "I might look stupid." 
  • "People will think I am drunk (during a hypo episode)." 
  • "I will be out of control." 
  • "I’ve done really badly.” 
  • "I wish I could be more spontaneous." 
  • "I’m going to develop complications.” 
  • "It’s overwhelming." 

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    2 thoughts on “Common feelings, thoughts, and behaviours when living with diabetes”

    1. Over the years I’ve found that hypo’s can make me nasty and bad tempered which is hard for people around me, especially my partner. Where as hyper’s are comfortable with an unquenchable and frequent and long trips to the loo.
      The seesawing affect that happens whilst doing your best is tiring and frustrating. Then comments from loved ones such as “Why can’t you just get it right” really don’t help. It seems like a never ending battle.

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