Why am I so tired?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2016-10-29 12:17:18 -0500
Started 2012-07-07 20:31:25 -0500

Here is a very precise explanation as to why diabetics get so tired and sleepy at any time during the day:

We tend to talk much more about high blood sugar, but too low blood sugar is also a serious problem, and always zaps energy.

Initially, when the blood sugar drops too low, the brain is not getting the energy it needs, and the result is a feeling of serious fatigue, along with irritability and emotional swings due to the release of adrenal hormones.

Many people suffering from hypoglycemia experience a roller coaster effect as their blood sugar bounces from low to high to low again, with multiple episodes throughout the day.

This can contribute significantly to feelings of overall fatigue.

Each time the blood sugar drops too low, there can be a serious loss of energy. Then, because the low blood sugar causes a craving for food, many people resort to quick-fix snacks that contain substantial sugar.

This rush of glucose will temporarily raise the blood sugar but in many cases, the level goes too high and the pancreas may respond to the sudden increase by over-producing insulin. This, in turn, lowers the blood sugar too much and results in another bout of hypoglycemia symptoms.

During each of these episodes, insulin escorts tryptophan into the brain which then stimulates the creation of serotonin, the sleep chemical. This inevitably results in additional feelings of fatigue.





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AbrarAhmad 2016-10-29 12:17:18 -0500 Report

I found this article very informative about diabetic connection of Fatigue. I have a little knowledge about this which i would like to share here. Insulin resistance (IR) or metabolic syndrome is a condition in which your body fails to respond to insulin and becomes desensitized. Insulin – a hormone produced by the pancreas – is vital to carry glucose into the cells where it serves as the chief source of energy. Insulin resistance is the preliminary stage of diabetes – prediabetes – though it doesn’t always lead to it. IR is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The biggest cause of IR is an increased intake of carbohydrates, a genetic defect in insulin receptors, autoantibodies to insulin and increased insulin degradation. When glucose does not enter your blood, you cannot derive energy and get by the day. Hence the fatigue. it's symptoms are Tiredness, dark patches of skin especially under armpits and neck and Obesity. The American Diabetes Association says that 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. As we speak, more than 9.3% Americans are diabetic. And tired. When you have diabetes, glucose – which is the main source of energy – does not enter your cells making you run out of energy pretty quickly. Diabetics get fatigued quickly. If you are diabetic and are persistently fatigued, it’s time to see a doctor. Symptoms:Fatigue, low energy, dizziness, sudden hunger, frequent thirst and urination Tests:Fasting Blood Glucose Test, Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, HbA1C.
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marydiabetes 2012-07-09 23:35:23 -0500 Report

you may also try to make deep breathing, it is good for body, 3years before, I have serious insomnia, only sleep 2-3hours, I feel tired and like ghost, I do not concentrate on my work, and I take many medicines, but they are no effect, some medicine bring me headache, so a friend from china teach me to make deep breathing, I keep it 1years, I have a good sleep like a pig :), it is magic ways

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-08 14:06:59 -0500 Report

Thank you Mays sometimes between my D and hypo
Thyroid I can't figure out what's going on! There are times when I just need like a 15 minute nap and then I am good. I usually nap for about 2 hours on Sundays and will take one night at the end of the week to get in a 10 hour sleep. This helps with my energy level. Lows and highs both make me tired, but highs really deplete my energy!

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