By straywolf Latest Reply 2011-04-19 16:14:38 -0500
Started 2011-04-15 21:38:58 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 5 months ago. Now I have no energy. I can't even sweep the kitchen floor without having to stop and rest. I care for my brother who is mentally challenged. It takes more energy than I have to keep up with him. Anyone have any ideas as to how I can find more energy? I would be greatful for any help you have to share. Thanks

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Tam1973 2011-04-19 16:14:38 -0500 Report

I take one med in particular that really wipes me out tired tired tired.Did you start taking meds?

EmiliaK 2011-04-18 08:20:01 -0500 Report

Hi Dear,

I agree with James that there are many causes why you may be getting so tired. See your doctor and have a few tests done. Being so extremely tired could be caused by your thyroid but you could also be anemic. Again, check with your doctor. Do not wait too long.

Take care,

Emilia Klapp, R.D.,B.S.

Lori1108 2011-04-15 23:46:19 -0500 Report

I get tired really easily as well. It is important to know your blood sugars. Over eating, lack of exercise/too much, stress, etc. puts a toll on your body. Having to care for someone can make you exhausted big time. As what Jay said, can be other issues with your health and important to see your doctor a few times in the year. I am insulin dependent of 24 years and going!! Doctor says my body is like a 70 year old inside. I get up every morning thanking the good lord getting me to the new day!!

jayabee52 2011-04-15 22:43:31 -0500 Report

So, straywolf, what have your blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") been running?

Running both high and/or low can sap your energy. If you're running high getting your BG#s down toward "normal" range would be helpful to bring back your energy. (when I am in the "high" range — 190 last night, I got VERY SLEEPY!) It may not work immediately, but after 3 or so days of normal readings, (between 80 & 120) you should feel more energy.

HOw much sleep do you get? Lack of restful sleep can sap your energy too. Some people can "sleep" the whole night yet not get enough restful sleep because of sleep apnea. Those who snore often have sleep apnea.

There are a lot of reasons for lack of energy. Thyroid issues, Blood issues, heart issues and so forth.

BOTTOM LINE: Go to your Dr and tell him about your problem. He can do some testing on you to rule out some problems which cause that energy loss, and perhaps it might be corrected by something so simple as a B-12 injection.

Blessings to you and yours, wolf!


straywolf 2011-04-18 18:21:31 -0500 Report

I want to thank everyone for responding to my post. It is so nice to be able to reach out to other's who understand. I did go to see my doctor and she ran a few blood test, my thyroid test came back fine, I'am a little anemic. The doctor says my blood glucose is not too bad. It's around 123 before breakfast but higher at night at bed time, around 183-204. Is'nt that considered a little high? As for getting enough sleep, I'm not sure, I wake up several time during the night due to pain and my arms and legs jurk a lot. I do have a lot of stress but I feel that I'm handleing it pretty well. I'm taking a lot of medicine, I would think I would be feeling on top of the world. I have to wonder if all this medicine is really doing me any good. Thank you all for your kind words. Straywolf ( CAROL )

jayabee52 2011-04-18 19:01:56 -0500 Report

Hi Carol!

That's the neat thing about this place, we have been "walking the walk" and for some of us, for quite a while. It's good that we have others of whom we may ask questions, bounnce ideas around, and give & receive support.

To answer your questions: 123 is not TOO bad for your fasting BG, but it would be better if it were in the 90 to 100 range, but it is certainly not terrible. The readings of 183 to 204, could be improved a lot. When my BG#s are that high, I tend to get very sleepy. Of course, evreyone is just a bit different. I am told that BG#s much over 140 for an extended time is more likely to cause complications.

How are you trying to control your BG#s? Diet & exercise? Oral meds? Injectable meds? Insulin?

What is your eating plan (aka "diet")? Do you count carbs? Has your Dr or diabetes educator instructed you how to eat, told you how many carbs you should have in a meal and in a snack? Or have you been instructed to eat 6 small meals per day?

Following your Diabetes care team's recommendations may help you eventually get your BG#s under better contol, and pehaps you'll regain your energy.

I pray you get it under better control.



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