Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes burnout is hard to realize that you are going through, but it happens to almost everyone.
  • Burnout happens when someone with diabetes who normally takes care of themself or stays healthy gets tired of it. They often describe it as feeling “tired of doing it” or “don’t feel like it anymore”
  • Often, signs include purposely not or refusing to take insulin, not testing blood sugar, and being angry or upset about diabetes more often than not.
  • It usually happens after someone has had diabetes for a long period of time, but it can actually happen to anyone at anytime for any length of time!
  • It might be hard to recognize yourself going through burnout, so listen to your friends and family if they think that you are experiencing diabetes burnout.
  • Different people may experience this differently or with different signs.
  • It is important to turn to others for support during times like this and to try to stay as healthy as you can.
  • If you find yourself experiencing this, try doing something fun and long lasting. Turn to your doctor and explain that you are feeling this way.
  • Manage your diabetes as you wish but stay healthy and remember that you will enjoy life more with better blood sugars.
  • Sometimes, it may help to try to change the way that you manage diabetes. (i.e. Try multiple daily injections for a bit after using an insulin pump, try to go back to recording your blood sugars and carbohydrates as detailed as you did when first diagnosed, etc.)
  • If you are seeing drastic differences because of burnout, talk to your doctor and see if there are changes that you can make to your diabetes care plan and see if your sugars improve.


Information and images from www.penpalsunited.org are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE.  You can access the book here: http://manavseva.org/downloads/book-english.pdf

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