By TMAC58 Latest Reply 2014-11-11 17:35:04 -0600
Started 2014-11-10 09:43:49 -0600

I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with type 2 diabetes. i was put on meds and told to change my diet. no breads, potatoes, rice, anything high in carbs and of course no sugars. i am following my diet to a tee and have lost 15lbs since then. i drink lots of water. but i am exhausted. not just at the end of the day, all day long and i am having major issues with this. am i doing something wrong? is it all part of the change getting used to the new diet? i don't know what to do. even when i sleep, i wake up tired and don't want to do anything. help??

9 replies

denipink57 2014-11-11 17:35:04 -0600 Report

i would first caution you to see a doc about this right away. feeling tired seems pretty normal to trying a new way of eating but feel exhausted…well…that does not sound normal to me.

our body will need time to adjust to the new diet so make sure you are making allowance for that but anything more serious than just plain feeling tired i would definitely check that one out with a good doc.

good luck and congrats on losing the weight!

TMAC58 2014-11-11 08:21:46 -0600 Report

thank you everyone for your replies. one thing i do need to find out is exactly what my sugar count is. i along with that many asked my carb intake. i have not counted them. in fact i don't really know what my carb intake should be. i know my doctor told me to start by having no rice, potoatoes, breads, or pastas along with no sugar. does anyone know what my daily intake should be for these along with proteins?

lilleyheidi 2014-11-11 03:03:56 -0600 Report

Congrats on the weight loss and sticking to the diet, that is hard work, especially in the beginning. I know what it is like to feel tired a lot, especially if your blood sugar is high, is yours? Are you eating enough protein? A talk with a dietician is a great idea, your doc can make a referral for you. Rest when you feel tired, but do not spend more than 20 minutes sleeping other than at bed time. Good luck.

Glucerna 2014-11-10 20:38:40 -0600 Report

You might ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian who can help you figure out a meal plan that will manage diabetes and make sure you're getting optimum nutrition for good energy levels. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Mic C
Mic C 2014-11-10 19:30:11 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed as prediabetic (borderline so no meds yet) 4 weeks ago and have religiously been following a good diet (low carb, no sugar, etc.) Don't need to lose weight - I have always been thin and lost 13 pounds in the last 6 weeks - putting me down to 95 lbs. But my main complaint is that I have absolutely NO ENERGY! I get 8 hrs sleep every night but constantly feel fatigued so I can sympathize with you. I also don't understand how people can say they didn't know anything was wrong - I felt it right away so made an appt. with my dr.

Type1Lou 2014-11-10 18:10:24 -0600 Report

Besides discovering your diabetes, were any tests done to measure your vitamin D3 levels, B12 levels and thyroid hormone levels? Vitamin D3 deficiency is not uncommon in diabetics and thyroid issues are also seen more frequently among us. D3 is critical in the proper metabolism of insulin. I included B12 because several years ago I was feeling logy and disinterested; it was due to low B12 which can also be a factor in depression. Your body will also need some time to acclimate itself to your new diet. Are you counting the carbs you eat? It might be helpful to know what your daily carbohydrate intake is, both as it relates to blood sugar and energy levels. Hoping things soon get under control for you and life gets back to "normal".

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-10 12:16:46 -0600 Report

You didn't say how high your blood sugar was when diagnosed. High blood sugar can play a role in exhaustion. I was tired all the time until my levels went down. It also takes time for the body adjust to the change in your diet.

Give things time for you and your body to adjust. In the mean time try to rest but don't do it to the point you are inactive. A change in your bedtime can also help. If things have not changed by the time of your next doctors visit, mention it to him/her. Always remember that it is important to communicate with your doctor when you feel things are not going right.

haynes_valerie@yahoo.com 2014-11-10 10:58:07 -0600 Report

I have had and is having the same problem, the doctor said because I'm not resting enough. Try going to bed a little early and don't exercise at least 2 hours before going to be because you are still hype from the workout. I have not been exercising lately because of health issues, but continue to do what's right and it will work out for your good.

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