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Question:

From America OnLine:

Can you give me any information on the effects diabetes may have on mood swings or any other related symptoms of behavior in a teenager with diabetes?

Answer:

Low blood sugars can cause moodiness at any age. The moodiness should resolve about 20 minutes after some juice or other source of sugar energy.

Most teenagers go through stages of moodiness whether or not they have diabetes. It can be difficult to tell if a teenager with diabetes is more moody because they are having difficulties coping with the stress of diabetes.

If the moodiness is causing problems at home or school, and is not related to low blood sugar, it would be advisable to consult a therapist. Sometimes diabetes can be the trigger that exaggerates problems that were brewing unrelated to the diabetes and helps the teenager and the family receive appropriate help.

TGL

Original posting 24 Aug 97

  
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