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Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/29/2016 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I'll start by saying I haven't yet had the presence of mind to test blood sugar at these times, but...

Sometimes I get wild mood swings during the day, and I realize I've missed lunch or done a lot of physical activity.

Just did a search and do see articles that relate depressed mood to low blood sugar, but here's my real question --

Are there antidepressants that work better than others when you are "pre-diabetic"?

I've had issues with depression forever, but have never gotten much relief from any medications that I've tried. Usually I end up dropping them as they don't really provide any relief and it's frustrating to take meds and still be depressed. Constant battle to attempt to remain upbeat...

Getting food, sugar, exercise and sleep normalized would of course be the best solution, but if there is anything that would help with supporting motivation and fortitude I'd sure consider it.

Thanks.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/29/2016 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know the answer to your question (about if there are antidepressives that work better for people with blood sugar problems). I think one of the goals would be to prevent your blood sugar from going low, so you do need to make sure you're eating regularly and that's something only you can control.

I know that lots of diabetics do have problems with depression not related to low blood sugar though. I guess a good doctor would be able to recommend a medication.

Sorry I can't really help with this.
Lanie
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/29/2016 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
hey lyn, yeah, some anti deps are better than others, more so if ya diabetic, and if ya not eating enough and ya sugars are crashing because your depressed, very cyclical, then mirtazapine is one i would recommend as it does get ya to eat!!! some can spike a bit. keep strong, my reco, chat with pharmacist, my memory is stuffed, i use to know them.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/30/2016 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions. I don't really need anything to promote my appetite, I have one of those! LOL.

What happens is that to avoid eating carbs & sugars, I don't have them in the house. Breakfast is fine, eggs usually. Dinner is protein & veggies. Lunch is an issue. I get hungry (sometimes) but simply don't want to eat any of the healthy stuff I have, so end up eating nothing. Really a bad habit I'm trying hard to break, but having a HUGE amount of trouble with it.

Nothing to do but keep trying, I guess. Thanks.

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   Posted 11/30/2016 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
keep strong mate. bananas are good. even if ya do a smoothie. just an idea, keep ya sugars happy as good slow release, and good for depression.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/30/2016 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I do eat as many bananas as I can find. I like them on the green side, and for some reason most of them around here recently have been too ripe for my taste. Have had to resort to apples.

Smoothies always SOUND like a good idea, don't they? Turns out I am lazy! But sometimes I do manage a protein powder drink around lunchtime. It's on the list of healthy things I always have on hand.

At the moment I have a cat sitting on me and purring. Maybe not good for diabetes, but definitely good for depression! lol

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/30/2016 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
When I ate bananas, I always liked them on the green side, too. They were firm and had that little zing in their taste. Could never eat mushy bananas. Now, they raise my blood sugar too much, but during the summer especially I was making smoothies for lunch with just a small piece of one in almond milk (Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk, unsweentened) with: a scoop of Designer Whey Protein Powder (chocolate), some wheat bran, a spoon of natural peanut butter, handful of raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds and a few leaves of whatever green stuff that was in the fridge. And I did squirt some artificial sweetener in, too. I bought one of those NutriBullets just for these. That would be lunch in the house. Otherwise, if I went out to eat lunch, I'd always order a salad with either chicken or salmon.

My on-going problem is also lunch if I'm eating at home, so I'll go with the smoothie. My problem with bananas is solved because I take one whole one and cut it into quarters when I buy them and then freeze the pieces in a baggie so it's easy to have just one piece. The smoothie is really filling and I do crossword puzzles while I drink lunch. :-)

I also would eat lettuce wraps with cheese and luncheon meat but I wanted to cut down on processed meat so I don't eat them as often anymore.

For some reason I'm more disciplined at dinner, maybe because I'm eating with my husband and we have a decent meal with protein and vegetables - and I just don't eat whatever carb is on the table.

With the dreary weather now, grey skies and getting colder, it's hard on the mind, at least for me and I have to kick myself to stay on course. And then there are all the cookies, pies and goodies with Thanksgiving and Christmas that doesn't help. mad

And a LOT of other things in Life that are crummy that I let affect me. I should know better...

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well! yeah
Lanie
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 11/30/2016 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lanie. Feels good to know I'm not the only one where being home at lunchtime is a bit of an issue.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/30/2016 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah. I sort of dread lunch actually. Sometimes, I'll make a really big breakfast and then not eat (or drink) lunch and then in the mid afternoon I'll have some coffee and nuts and cheese. Pistachios in the shells are good because you have to spend so much time opening them.
Lanie
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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Tom Tomato
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   Posted 11/30/2016 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
If I eat too much sugary foods, I feel flushed. I consume way too much sugar. There is a history of the disease in my family.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/30/2016 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Peter A. Since diabetes is in your family, I seriously suggest that you inform your medical doctor the next time you see him/her and have some lab work done to test your blood sugar! Good luck
Lanie
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metformin
very low carb way of eating
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