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Millions of people have bipolar disorder. One of its tell-tale signs is swinging between manic events and depressive events.
All people have mood swings. But if you feel extreme warning signs, talk with a doctor or other licensed mental health expert.
A doctor may:
Certain medications for bipolar disorder can cause weight gain. So people may become overweight or obese, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
In fact, people with bipolar disorder are three times more likely to get diabetes than those without the health problem. And taking care of blood sugar levels can be hard with the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.
Beyond diabetes, being obese can have other serious health risks:
Talk to your doctor if you are noticing weight gain when taking your meds. Your doctor may want to keep an eye on your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar.
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Originally published 8/1/2018; Revised 2020, 2022
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