I have strong memories of hypoglycemia anxiety from my early days of living with Type 1 diabetes. I counsel people with Type 1 diabetes, and one of the most stressful parts of diabetes for many people is the experience of being hypoglycemic.
Hypoglycemia anxiety can diminish their quality of life, and often results in an ongoing elevated blood glucose level that causes other health issues. Anxiety becomes problematic when we overestimate the dangers that surround us, and underestimate our ability to cope.  We can reduce anxiety by developing a more realistic perception of the dangers we face, and of our ability to cope with them. I have had many patients describe feeling “low” when their blood glucose readings are actually in the normal range.  Many believe this is because they are on their way to a low and will just keep dropping.
For those with high levels of anxiety, it can be helpful to develop a hierarchy (list) of fears. The nursing student starts to look at factual evidence to challenge her belief she will go low and die. If you are struggling with anxiety, or someone you care about who has diabetes is struggling with anxiety, maybe you can try some of the techniques described here. If your hypoglycaemia anxiety is so high that these ideas seem out of reach for you, then please consider accessing professional support. Michelle Sorensen is a member of the Ontario College of Psychologists and has a private practice in Clinical Psychology in Ottawa. Having had T1D for 64 years and literally thousands of lows i was not anxious about having them. The Diabetes Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit media organization devoted to informing, educating, and generating community around living a healthy life with diabetes. I got a similar version of this recipe from a friend but had to tweek it for my fiance' who is diabetic. Thumbprint CookiesThese deliciously light sugar free cookies are just the right size to snack on when you get that sweet tooth. This FREE eCookbook is full of the tastiest copycat recipes that bring restaurant food to your home kitchen. To help you find recipes that fit your lifestyle, we've provided 49 low-sugar and low-carb recipes that will delight both you and your family.
The wholesome low-carb diabetic recipes in this collection are the perfect way to start your day. When you're looking for an afternoon snack, you need to check this list of easy healthy recipes first. There’s no cost or obligation — get your FREE Diabetic Sweets & Treats Guide now! Patients in my practice with very high blood glucose levels have learned to look at the evidence and develop more balanced thoughts about the likelihood of a dangerous low. This allowed her to keep her BG levels in a normal range for longer periods of time, without giving in to the impulse to snack and boost them higher to get rid of the hypoglycemia anxiety she felt.


This can be helpful when patients are becoming accustomed to a healthier range of blood glucose levels after having lived with higher readings due to the fear of hypoglycemia.
For example, take some deep breaths every time you sit down to eat a meal or to catch up on email. I have met patients who have underlying worries about the long-term effects of their high blood sugar, but it just never seems like the right time to change their way of coping. Start with the most intense sources of anxiety at the top of the list and the least feared situations, events or people at the bottom.  Work your way up the list gradually, gathering evidence about your ability to confront yours fears until you are able to tackle the most intense ones on the list. Of course, all of these techniques need to be used in conjunction with support from family and health care professionals. It is a good idea to speak to your diabetes educator or endocrinologist for support and possibly referral information. My simple advice would always be avoid panic, keep packets of sugar with you always, take medicine and meals regularly, regular exercise and visit a doc monthly or quarterly. I experienced this anxiety when first diagnosed (at 32 of T1D) partly because I had seen my mother (also T1D) have low blood sugars at a young age, when I didn’t really understand what was happening. I could have used that a few years ago ?? I really appreciate the frankness of the article, thank you! Now that i am older i get very anxious after them for an hour or so but understanding what is happening to your body helps. It is not 100% sugar free (less then 1 gram per serving) and very low in fat and calories without sacrificing taste, ENJOY!! I made just one change because I didn't have whole wheat flour; I used King Arthur white whole wheat instead (I suppose you could even use regular AP flour, but haven't tried that yet). Everyone will love these sweet, delicious cookies - and you’re the only one who will know they’re low in carbs. This collection contains crowd-pleasing foods are fun and easy, and all of them are delicious! Making diabetic-specific recipes and watching your intake of sugar and carbohydrates can be tricky if you're not sure where to start.
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You can use imagery to imagine feared events beforehand, and prepare yourself to confront them by using cognitive restructuring or relaxation methods.


Unfortunately, I cannot tell her that I know for sure she is wrong.  But I can suggest we explore her underlying assumptions and figure out if this belief is very realistic. It is important to develop confidence in her ability to cope with hypoglycemia… yes, it is best to prevent lows when possible, but she can treat the lows quickly and recover from them.
If you choose to see a psychologist or social worker, I recommend someone who practices CBT, which is an evidence-based clinical approach. That pervaded into my own experience and my coping mechanism in my school life was to keep my sugars a bit higher than they should have been. Enjoyed the article but T1D is different for each person, take the time to understand what is happening to your body, it do s help with anxiaty.
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Your guests will never suspect that they are eating healthy recipes because they'll be raving about the amazing taste! We promise t hat all of these diabetic breakfast recipes would be perfect to jump start your day. All of these lunch recipes will keep you going during long afternoons at work and everyone in the office will be jealous of your delicious food. When you make these recipes, your friends and family will never suspect how healthy they actually are. In the meantime, in a 12-inch container, blend the actual pizza sauce, bread along with pepperoni. This can be done in conversation with a therapist or by writing down negative thoughts and challenging the thoughts using thought records (see Mind over Mood by Christine Padesky and Dennis Greenberger for a patient’s guide to cognitive behavioral therapy). I work on gathering evidence to develop new, more balanced beliefs with patients who are overcome with anxiety about hypoglycemia. I have seen patients reduce their levels of anxiety and greatly improve their quality of life.  It is absolutely worth the effort. The carrots give it a little extra boost of healthy, but you don't really know they are there. Being diabetic shouldn't stop you from enjoying the foods you love; you just need to be more aware of portion control and nutritional information. I don’t care about using another test strip it if means my blood sugars are better controlled! As it is I am not a diabetic, but have been asked to make some diabetic friendly deserts for a wedding. I love a great deal and enjoy helping others learn how to shop smart, save money, and live a life rich with the things that really matter.



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