Tired All the Time? Could be Your Diabetes

By MewElla Latest Reply 2013-04-11 17:42:58 -0500
Started 2013-02-19 13:33:11 -0600

If you're coping with diabetes and feel wiped out all the time- the kind of fatigue that isn't helped by eating or getting extra sleep-the doctor may say your blood levels are to blame.
When talking to your doctor about how you feel know how your exhaustion is preventing you from doing activities you normally do.
Keep a journal and let your doctor really know if you are too tired to stand and prepare your meals. Let your concerns be known to the doctor.
Talk to other diabetics about how they handle being anxious, stressed and depressed; this can lead to fatigue and a big lack of energy..Discussing your concerns and day to day challenges, worries and emotions with other diabetics can help you manage stress and brainstorm coping strategies.
If you do not sleep well at night, you are going to be tired the next day. May help to modify your evening routine and sleep environment so you can get more sleep..Keep your bedroom cool and dark, turn off your computer and tv at least 30 minutes before trying to go to sleep.
Letting fatigue go unchecked can contribute to depression in the long term, which only makes it harder for you to keep your diabetes under control. If you feel tired all the time, talk to your doctor about overcoming the factors that may be draining your energy.

9 replies

cmat 2013-04-11 17:42:58 -0500 Report

I am battling my type 2 diabetes plus Multiple Sclerosis-which causes debilitating fatigue. I get depressed because I never have enough energy to get anything done. The thought of going to the grocery store is like climbing Mt Everest. I'm happy when I manage to get a shower. Is this really my life??

Bun10 2013-03-17 23:13:51 -0500 Report

I was tested for sleep apnea and guess what! I have it! I sleep with my Cpap machine and my fatigue lifted a bit but, I still promise myself that if I can just make it to the weekend I'll let my body sleep as long as it feels like it needs. If you are over weight, look into this. I use to be toooo tired to exercise. Changed my menu and lost just short of 50 lbs. Now I have hit a plateau. I have no support group and this month I struggled with maintaining my menu. I saw it coming. Hopefully, I'm back on track but I screwed up my A1c for this quarter. Making no progress and now my feet tingle in spite of losing weight and eating healthy. Discouraging…

moon74 2013-02-21 21:37:42 -0600 Report

Fatigue can also be caused due to lack of vitamins. Not enough Water. So many things. Eating wrong. Not being Regular on the … well you know. I am noticing that since I started taking Victoza I am having a hard time waking up. But I sleep better. Every one else says it keeps them awake. Lavender in a sachet or eye pillow is awesome. The bath time for kids in lavender is awesome. Sometimes you just need to make a list of what you are thinking about . That way it is off your mind. MewElla you brought some very good points. Also exercising will help you sleep and rest better. It really will.

tabby9146 2013-02-21 18:57:21 -0600 Report

lavendar bubble bath at night before bed could help, or lavendar essential oils. I used a bubble bath with chamomile and lavendar extracts. I have a major sleep problem have for years, not every night, but more often than not, I think it is hormones. When I went to my OBGYN last year wanting them to be checked, she wouldn't, so I need to find a doctor who will. anyway, I turn off lights except a low light lamp and read about 30 mins before bed, plus the bath. I don't get on the computer or in front of TV for a good while before going to bed. I make sure I exercise in the afternoon at least 20-30 mins. that usually helps, when I do all these things combined.

littlesnowangel 2013-02-21 07:40:20 -0600 Report

I cant sleep at Night only during the day any idea on how to turn it around safely ?

jayabee52 2013-02-21 18:01:41 -0600 Report

when I get in a rut like that, I just force myself to stay awake during the time I would be sleeping, and then during the night when I should be sleeping I lay down and wait for sleep. Unless you have to be somewhere, like work or school, you will have to adjust to that schedule. Sometimes I have needed about 48 hrs to turn it around.

dchurch376 2013-02-19 14:29:26 -0600 Report

You're both right. I've found out that stress and depression are two factors that take alot of energy out of you. Our Doctors can help us with this as well. There are many factors that we need to keep our eyes open to. Talk to health care pro's and come up with solutions to care for these and other problems that you may have. I've made alot of changes such as diet, exercise, and meds. I've lost some weight and looking forward to lossing more.
These changes have been good and I feel alot better now. I just have to stay my course.

jayabee52 2013-02-19 14:07:17 -0600 Report

So true MewElla! (thumbs up!)

However lack of energy comes from more than Diabetes. There are a lot of diseases and conditions which cause lack of energy. My lack of energy was caused by my kidney problems. I still, even after starting dialysis, feel draggy, groggy most of the time. I need to sleep often.

If one does feel lack of zip, or feel dragged out, don't just pass it off as "part pf my diabetes", get it checked out by a Dr so you can know and start to deal with whatever it is which is dragging you down.


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