Energy and Fatigue

By GregTheTMan Latest Reply 2009-09-30 09:09:47 -0500
Started 2009-07-24 09:28:13 -0500

My name is Greg and I am new to this board. I was diagnosed in the fall of 2007 with Type 2.I have recently tried to kick my caffeine habit and am looking for something to help me stay energized. By mid day I want to fall asleep at my desk. I was wondering what sorts of things ya'll do. I have tested my levels when I get that tired and they come back fine. I tend to drink to much coffee and soda so I am trying to find a better alternative. Anyone have any suggestions?

54 replies

beadmom 2009-08-18 12:53:17 -0500 Report

I use the skinny coffee.. (I do not sell it or anything..I just use it)

The Dr. who invented has been part of the Glycemic Research Institute for many years.

Read on it. I like it. They also have a diabetic friendly sweetener that is the only one I have ever found palatable.


GregTheTMan 2009-08-20 10:49:04 -0500 Report

Thanks Ginger. I will check that out.

beadmom 2009-08-20 11:40:14 -0500 Report

No problem. Since I have had to stop drinking and I used to be a wine snob…I have reformed into a coffee snob. I know what it's like when you want COFFEE!!!!…mmmmm HOT COFFEE…

Right now my coworker has a tub of decadent looking dark chocolate macadamia nut cookies…I am thinking of beating him up. I can take him. I bet I outweigh him by 50+ lbs…

Crashnot 2009-08-10 10:16:35 -0500 Report

Wow! Tons of great replies! One thing some folks have touched on is the B Vitamins, but I might chime in that you need all the vitamins across the board. High sugars will cause your body to flush them out through your urine. But what the doctors don't mention is that your supply of vitamins is flushed out too. The result is your body doesn't have the building blocks you need to do repairs. Fatigue is one immediate result. I'm using a pretty massive vitamin regime I found in "Reversing Diabetes" by Dr. Julian Whitaker. Still fighting fatigue from anemia (iron pills not working so far) but last longer than i used to. I also used his diet and vitamin suggestions to help my husbands newly diagnosed Type 2 last fall. He quickly lost 50 pounds, has kept most of it off, and has the sugars under control as long as he sticks the the pretty basic diet suggestions in the book.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-10 10:48:47 -0500 Report

Thanks for all of the notes——I was told when I was young and pregnant, sorry men——that I had to take thyroid along with my iron as it wouldn't help my anemia without the 2 together! Just a thought! Pr

Crashnot 2009-08-10 12:09:14 -0500 Report

Hmm! Have to ask the doc about that when I go in two weeks! I just switched to blue green algae, I guess it has a lot of iron and is metabolised better than straight iron. Wait and see!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-10 12:41:47 -0500 Report

Hmm, now I haven't heard of THAT one! Thanks—so much to learn,and HERE, it is fun!! hugs—-PR

GregTheTMan 2009-08-18 09:56:59 -0500 Report

I want you all to try something. I have been drinking ReStore for a few weeks now and I am so far. ReStore Diabetes Energy Formula. I havent had a cup of coffee in a few weeks and this stuff is giving me my energy and I drink one in the morning and I am still going strong when I am off work. Its a Vitamin B mega complex and I just am so impressed. No sugar, No caffeine and no stimulants. I am not shaky or on edge like I have been with other energy supplements. anyways just wanted to let you all know since you gave me such great advisement and I have actually found something that works for me!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-18 11:33:04 -0500 Report

I am so happy for you, Greg! My sister-in-law sells ReLiv and swears by it too, BUT it is so outrageously expensive I simply can not afford it. I suppose the 2 are similar. And since I am fighting having pushed it too much against my body demands in the past, I am hesitant to push it now, as it is healing—-and may not be ready for an extra boost until later on—-not sure—I have not been down this road before, so am slowly feeling my way. THANKS for the input tho, maybe later—-Pat R

GregTheTMan 2009-08-20 10:38:43 -0500 Report

Pat..this one is less than $1 a use..It was like 25 for the whole month. Which is MUCH less than I spent of coffee and everything else I tried. Its worth it to me.

bubba 2009-08-08 11:11:43 -0500 Report

Hi Greg, I suffered from the loss of energy even before I was diagnosed with diabetes. I work 3rd shift, which doesn't help, but the biggest problem was that I weighed 350 lbs because all I did was sit around eating, sleeping and watching T.V. when I wasn't at work. Being diagnosed with diabetes was a huge wake-up call for me. I too, decided to cut out the caffiene so I switched to decaf Iced tea and pop. I also went on a diet and started walking everyday. I currently lost 90 lbs. since February but I still have a long way to go. Now I have the energy to do things around the house like cutting would, fixing fence and landscape projects that had been neglected. Sitting at a desk all day is in by itself, enough to make you tired and lacidazical. Try going on short walks outside during your breaks or lunch hour to get some exercize and fresh air. I first started walking on my breaks at work and kind of enjoyed getting paid to exercize. It's also very good for the circulation of your feet. Good luck to you. Bubba

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-08 14:23:00 -0500 Report

Hey, Bubba—Congratulations!!!! I am so PROUD of YOU!! We all know how difficult that losing and changing your lifestyle, can be at first! If I can ever get my immune system re-charged, and quit getting pneumonia without sneezing—-I still wonder if something could be done to improve my oxygen problem but will just try and gradually increase what I can already do, and see if I can still help myself! Whoever prayed for my aching back—it is improving, my side muscles are loosening up and letting me move my legs more freely, so with more time, I should be at your side— walking—-PR

lipsie 2009-07-30 02:36:36 -0500 Report

What about sleep apnea?? I dunno but people with that have troubles staying awake too. I am one myself and yes I use WAY too my caffeine too. I am going to have to give it up too. But also get use my my machine…so maybe I won't feel so tired. Just a thought…good luck though…I am with you on this!! Hugss Sheila

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-30 19:24:01 -0500 Report

It takes time to adjust to a life without caffeine and one with sleep! But I think that I am finally there! Pardon me while I go take a nap, those sweet little souls at Bible School this morn tired this OLD SOUL OUT!! hahPR

GregTheTMan 2009-08-04 08:47:53 -0500 Report

I was tested for sleep apnea and of course I dont have that!! I am however enjoying this drink my cousin gave me. I ordered some more the other day. Doesnt give me any jitters. I would recommend it.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-04 09:34:37 -0500 Report

Great, Greg! One of my sleep problems is, I can not turn my mind off—it goes round and round all night, even asleep, cleaning, redecorating, finding those many boxes of Christmas decorations and getting them up BEFORE Christmas, searching for school clothes for our 4 kids (they are NOW in their 40's to 50's) hahabusy, busy, then too tired to actually do ANYTHING when I drag out of bed!! ha—I used to play CD's, soft flowing music—that helped, need to do it again, I guess!

My Dr wanted to do a sleep apnea test, months ago, but I was too tired to bother——??? Maybe could now—-

Best of Luck, whatever works for YOU!!! Best Wishes , PR

lipsie 2009-08-08 01:47:49 -0500 Report

I would check that out Pat, sleep apnea is not joke, you stop breathing as you are sleeping is the HUGE concern with being diagnoised with it and not using a machine. Just thought you should know that hun! HUGSSSSSS! Sheila

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-08 14:16:50 -0500 Report

Oh, Thank you, I know so little about such! I was just so TIRED and DRAINED after my mom passed away 2 yrs ago, I just could nOT handle one more thing, but feel better now—so THANKS so MUCH for your Information!! ""Hugs back—Pat R

Rich Morris
Rich Morris 2009-08-08 17:59:50 -0500 Report

I resisted being tested for sleep apnea for a long time just knowing that I didn't have it because I don't snore loudly so I am told. Finally I gave in and had a sleep study done and sure enough I stopped breathing during my sleep study to the point they rushed in my room with a giant bottle of oxygen. That scared me and a few days later I got a brand new CPAP machine. I didn't like it at at first. I had a nasal mask and it felt like I was suffocating Getting the proper mask is the most important part. I now have a full face mask that goes over my nose and mouth and it's great. I sleep better then I ever had and may wake up for a potty trip during the night once but that's it. I use to toss and turn and wake up about every hour and wasn't getting any quality sleep at all. I am also hooked to a oxygen tank that feeds directly into my CPAP machine that has a built in humidifier. Since I am getting a restful sleep I don't fall asleep on my keyboard midway through the day anymore.

Blood tests revealed that I was anemic also and take prescription iron pills 3 times a day and my energy level has gone way up, my A1C is better now then it ever has been at 5.3 with blood sugars ranging between 95 and 115 a far cry from the high 100 hundreds I use to get and my high blood pressure is no more. I've lost 87 pounds since I started using the cpap last Feb.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-08 21:36:31 -0500 Report

Wow, Rich! What a testimony! I am on so much medicine now, that I don't think a sleep apnea test would show much! I KNOW that I do NOT sleep without my meds—haven't for years—one reason I became so sleep deprived—One night last week, I hadn't put in the Seroquel, I took the Trasadone and 2 hydrosyzine—-etc, and slept fitfully for 4 hours, then wide awake and felt like——- So much to learn—I love learning but sometimes I wish that I wasn't the one to have to carry it thru—however, that ROAD is so MUCH BETTER< SMOOTHER!!
Time for meds and Beddy Bye!!! PR

centrider 2009-07-27 16:17:39 -0500 Report

Caffeine is an energy booster. What matters is how much and when.

Having a cuppa at breakfast is not going to screw up your day.

Drinking caffeine after lunch can mess up your sleep.

GregTheTMan 2009-07-28 15:54:38 -0500 Report

I want to cut out the caffeine from my diet completely.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-28 17:38:42 -0500 Report

Personally, I am weaning myself away from caffeine too, no coffee (International) or teas or diet pop! I am slowly getting so what sweetness there is in all of the above, is too sweet! Now the HABIT to caffeine, is easier to avoid as I really don't LIKE IT! That is the only way I can wean myself, to adopt a new habit of drinking WATER, and finding that it isn't so bad all of the time, as it used to be!! Good luck!—-PR

cakeybakes 2009-07-29 11:02:55 -0500 Report

Caffiene is HUGE no-no in my diet. Not only does it make my heart pitter-patter, but it screws up a lot of what your other meds may be doing. Depression and high blood pressure are not very well-treated by caffiene, so be careful!

Also, my husband really got into trouble with a caffiene addiction some years ago. He was actually consuming so much his body developed a toxicity to it and it did the exact opposite by suppressing his nervous system. He came very close to death! I know this is an extreme case, but why go there when there are MUCH healthier remedies?

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-07-29 15:36:49 -0500 Report

I stay away from caffeine myself. I drink dietpop thats caffeine free and also drink caffiene free green tea. The only caffeine I drink is coffee and only drink about 2 cups
about once every 2-3 weeks. Dan

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-29 22:45:56 -0500 Report

Hmm, have you ever drunk so much coffee that your gallbladder threw a fit??!! I thought that I would die, vomited Bile for 3 days, chest hurt, and WEAK———Never again!!! And that was years ago, BUT I can drink International, guess it has cream, but have FINALLY weaned myself away from that too!!! Water is now my drink!!! YEA__PR

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-07-25 20:13:40 -0500 Report

This has happened to me, I would start to fall asleep at my desk. So I talked to my Dr and he sent me to the
sleep clinc and I was Dx with cronic odstructive sleep apnea. I was put on a c-pap and haven't had this problem since. Dan

cakeybakes 2009-07-25 22:42:42 -0500 Report

I use a bi-pap and it helped quite a bit—can't live without it!

GregTheTMan 2009-07-27 13:13:23 -0500 Report

Wow! How great to see all the responses to my question. I tried the Crystal light but I may have actually found something BETTER!! Can you believe it? I saw my cousin (he is Type 2) this weekend and he recommended this drink called ReStore and its like the crystal Light packs but for Diabetics. I tried it this morning and its 2:15 now and I am good to go. No caffeine, no stimulants, no sugar.. so far so good. I will let you all know the details if I believe it is something to recommend to everyone.

GregTheTMan 2009-07-28 15:54:12 -0500 Report

Day 2 of this energy stuff and I am still kicking. Now I will see what happens through the weekend. Thank you all for givingme your advisement.

mamaoak 2009-07-25 19:54:35 -0500 Report

you can try craanberry energy drink and take some healthy snacks as well, make sure your getting enough carbs as well.good luck.

FyreMajik 2009-07-25 16:43:38 -0500 Report

HI you may wanna ask your doctor for a Anemia (Anemic) blood test,,, if your blood count is low that can make you fatigued,, if so get you some iron pills build your blood back up.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-24 13:18:13 -0500 Report

Exercise is also a huge key to having more energy. And the tough part is (if you aren't already exercising) you have to get through the first week or two when you'll probably feel MORE tired at times. But then as your body adjusts you'll be amazed at the increased energy you'll have.

I also agree with the B vitamin recommendation as well as filling your diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Hang in there. The effects of coming off the caffeine won't last forever. You'll feel better just as more time passes.

GabbyPA 2009-07-27 15:21:56 -0500 Report

John took the words right out of my mouth. Exercise will keep you going better than any cup of joe. Even if it is just getting up at lunch and taking a 15 minute walk. That can help keep you going thru the afternoon. I used to struggle with the "sleepies" in the afternoon when I worked at a desk for 8 hours a I am active. I get up, move around and make sure that I don't sit for too long. I rarely feel tired until I am ready for bed anymore.
Another thing that is supposed to help is B-12, sublingual. That is a simple and easy pick-up. Take your daily dose in the afternoon, and that can help too.

cakeybakes 2009-07-24 12:47:46 -0500 Report

I take a super B-complex every morning and make sure I get some sort of excercise ever day. It sure does help with my energy level—along with a full night's sleep (if I ever really find out what that feels like).

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 13:49:20 -0500 Report

Why can't you sleep? I suppose that that is a silly question, for if you knew, you would do it. Right?
Again there are so many reasons one can't fall asleep and stay asleep!—PR

2009-07-24 11:20:59 -0500 Report

Have you talked with your Dr. about this? You may have a B12 problem. My dr. is having my B12 levels tested before I go to my next visit with her. You may want to ask this of your doctor.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 11:41:45 -0500 Report

So true, Mary. There are so many reasons for fatigue. What about your thyroid? Maybe boredom with your job—-Just thoughts—PR

2009-07-24 11:53:57 -0500 Report

I'm glad you mentioned thyroid. I, too, have a thryoid problem and when I first developed it, one of the things I did all the time was sleep!! Thanks Pat!!

moonmuse Sue
moonmuse Sue 2009-08-18 13:05:00 -0500 Report

Wow, I was just about to mention thyroid problems. I really get tired, or fatigued might be the better word, even when I don't do very much physically. Adrenal fatigue is also an issue. Check with your doctor… endocrinologists, and diabetic specialists can check out all these things related to the thyroid.

Antique-Dave 2009-07-24 11:48:01 -0500 Report

I must agree with Mary on this, I'm taking a super B + a B12 and it made a big difference.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 13:47:37 -0500 Report

I have heard that the vitamin B's do help. My problem with that was, I was not getting much sleep, our child was having severe dairrhea, 20 to 30 stools day and night, and they couldn't figure out why, so when I got pregnant again, This poor little girl had—whatever—even worse—but while I was pregnant with her they gave me vit B12 shots, IV weekly for months, I think it helped a tad, but mostly was the life style I was in at that time, so not a true test for a normal lifestyle, if anyone thinks that theirs is normal—-Anemia can be a culprit too, but I would not advise taking iron without a Drs recomenndation as too much can do damage to your body.

It sounds like you have a lot of good ideas to run with, and it will probably take them all till you find what really helps YOU! We are all so diffent. Best Wishes, PR

Antique-Dave 2009-07-24 10:22:59 -0500 Report

crystal light has a mix that boosts energy and it seems to do that, its going to take awhile for your system to settle in to not having the caffiene.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 13:42:04 -0500 Report

I have been seeing Crystal Light a lot on these posts—is it sugar free?? I LOVE drinks, they slide down so easily and tasty! I will look for it in the stores next time. Thanks, PR

GregTheTMan 2009-09-03 11:30:42 -0500 Report

Crystal Light is not good for Diabetics. … I am telling you ReStore Energy..its is made specifically for Diabetics..its a powder you pour into your water just like Crystal light and it has no sugar, no caffeine, no stimulants.. It is the best thing I have EVER come across as a Diabetic.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 10:00:04 -0500 Report

Are you getting enough relaxing sleep? YOu might try drinking a little warm milk before retiring to help one to relax. the work place can so tie one up in bunches, that you can't really relax at night. I also used to set my CD player on a disc of soft and soothing music then I was asleep before I ever heard the endings of that CD.

I worked in a hospital and was called in to work all shifts, so rest and energy were always challenged. As for being at work, drink more water as that can help flush out the "tired stuff—" take a short walk down the hall of your work place, or something, a few exercies in the Men's room to stir that tired blood up and breathe in fresh oxygen.
I hope that these ideas help you as they helped me, BUT nothing could ever replace that good night's REST to start with!
I wish you the best! PAt Roth

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