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We don’t yet know how insulin interacts with recreational drugs. However, using any drug outside of medical supervision carries risk for anyone, but if you have type 1 diabetes it may affect your ability to check blood glucose levels, take your insulin or spot a hypo.
Different drugs also affect your glucose tolerance and how you move and eat, which in turn affect your blood glucose levels.
Drug misuse can also affect your mental health, making it harder to manage your type 1.
Different drugs have different effects on the body and, even if you take the same drug as someone else, it might affect you differently.
Find out more about the effect of different drugs on the Talk to Frank website.
Some drugs also have ‘come-downs’, a period of time after you take drugs when you experience a low mood. This can impact your motivation to look after your type 1, so it’s best avoided.
If you are taking recreational drugs, you can speak to your Diabetes Healthcare Team for confidential and non-judgemental support and advice.
If you’re struggling with your relationship with drugs, visit Talk to Frank for information and support.
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