Are You Tired All the Time?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-06-12 11:34:07 -0500
Started 2013-02-26 06:45:58 -0600

I know before I was diagnosed, around 3:00 pm every day, I would just crash. If I sat down I would fall asleep. This really made me nervous when I was driving. Even if I had a good night's sleep.

I found this article very informative on how diabetes along with things like stress can cause fatigue.

By Everyday Health

Fatigue in people with diabetes is often attributed to blood sugar fluctuations, but stress and emotional concerns can be major contributors. Learn coping strategies that can help boost energy and mood.

By Beth W. Orenstein
Medically approved by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD

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 a little extra sleep – your doctor might tell you that your blood sugar levels are to blame. But new research shows that the duo of diabetes and fatigue could have other causes. In a study published in The Diabetes Educator, researchers Cynthia Fritschi, RN, PhD, and Laurie Quinn, RN, PhD, of the University of Illinois College of Nursing, found that stress, depression, body mass index (BMI), and lack of physical activity can all be significant contributors to fatigue in people with diabetes.

The study looked at 83 women ages 40 to 65 with type 2 diabetes…(read more)

4 replies

sewblessed 2014-06-10 19:40:27 -0500 Report

I am always tired and I do fall asleep sometimes easy and sleep 3 to 4 hours but to go get in my bed like a normal person and fall asleep and stay asleep all night, its not happening at all. I battle insomnia more than anything. I am pre diabetic, and I am suppose to take 900mg of Neurotin a day but its too strong so my doc said take 100 mg morning , 100 mg afternoon and the 300 at night but I am scared what it will do. I know why I am so tired, its because of no sleep, days of no sleep.

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:34:07 -0500 Report

Days of no sleep would really scare me. My brain gets foggy when I am up late in one night, forget for several. I would be afraid to drive or do anything.

lanykins 2013-03-28 21:21:24 -0500 Report

I have started a strict low-carb diet and have found I can barely stay awake. I want to sleep all the time. But I also noticed my blood sugar levels were going lower and lower. Today I finally talked to my endocrinologist and he lowered my long-acting insulin a bit, 5U in the AM and 5U at bedtime. Given how much I take it didn't seem like enough but I am hoping it will help my energy level and get my blood sugars up a bit. They drop to around 52 sometimes, then I just eat. I'll see how things go now for a couple of weeks.

Amadee 2013-02-26 09:40:41 -0600 Report

thanks so much for the article on energy levels. I thought it was a matter of age but I've had it by one o'clock in the afternoon. Sometimes I am too tired to cook and have developed a problem driving and falling asleep. Not even a long trip. I'll certainly track this down because it isn't related to low BS

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