Hypoglycemic Depression In Diabetics Essay

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     Hypoglycemic Depression in Diabetics

     My desire to obtain information related to the causes and effects of depression during Hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) reactions in diabetics has been of interest to me because of my own experiences with Type I diabetes. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic since the age of 17. I must explain that Type I diabetes was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, or juvenile-onset diabetes. Type I diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood glucose. This form of diabetes usually strikes children and young adults, who need several insulin injections a day or an insulin pump to survive. In my case I must inject a combination of two insulins, one long acting and one short, in order to maintain control over the blood sugar levels in my body. In addition Type I diabetes may account for 5 percent to 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. There are risk factors for type I diabetes including autoimmune deficiencies, genetic and environmental factors, heart disease and even stroke.

     In my case, I was misdiagnosed as having some sort of a stomach ailment at 17, which eventually caused me to progress into a diabetic coma for 4 days. I woke up blind in the hospital, and did not regain my eyesight for 3 months. This traumatic experience, the lifestyle changes, and my diabetic management over the years have changed drastically.

     I have experienced hundreds of low blood sugar reactions over my "career" of 35 years with this disease. In addition there have been many traumatic depressions during these low blood sugar episodes. Because of this, I decided to investigate the causes of this depression. Even with the evidence presented, the subject of diabetic depression is still unsolved, and I will discuss my personal opinions concerning these phenomena later.

     We have all studied the beginning philosophies or theories of many different principles concerning what causes depression in homosapiens with many conflicting and controversial sides. I do find it extremely curious that these different approaches on what causes depression quoted throughout the internet and texts, all seem to have a "back door" or way that disproves or at least questions their own validity. Further, after researching over 25 books, 40 web sites I still feel frustrated with the results.

     To make sure that I was not "imagining" this depression during hypoglycemia, I questioned other diabetics through the local American Diabetes Foundation in our area. I talked with several insulin dependent diabetics and they all seemed to experience some form of depression during hypoglycemia.

     One of the most hilarious books I researched was entitled "Healthy Living With Diabetics" by...

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