Diabetic Fatigue

By pmsteve Latest Reply 2009-12-03 08:50:00 -0600
Started 2009-12-01 09:44:20 -0600

I was diagnosed with type II back in 1997. Since going on oral medicatiions and more recently to insulin therapy, I have been plagued with fatigue. I tell my endocrinologist and he just goes Hmmm. I understand now that this fatigue is pretty much normal with the disease and I have gotten used to it.

My BGs average 100 - 140 and A1cs around 5. This topic may have been covered before but I'm new to the website.

What do you do to cope with the fatigue? Is there any way to overcome it?

I'm 61 and used to be an active outdoorsman but I just don't have the energy anymore.

15 replies

MarineMomX2 2009-12-03 08:50:00 -0600 Report

I walk in the mornings for an hour now and that helps me with the fatigue. Keep thinking the fresh air, oxygen and of course exercise has to make me feel better. If not, I'd probably be needing my naps every afternoon and I kinda like them on Sunday afternoons now…kinda puts things into the right perspective! lol

riverrat 2009-12-03 02:10:25 -0600 Report

Hi Steve, I know what you are talking about with the fatigue. I also have rheumatoid arthritis and a lot of pain that contributes to the fatigue. I try never to eat large meals as that just makes me more tired. Sometimes a cup of coffee or tea will revive me a bit. I am 69 years old and used to be a very active person, horseback riding, hiking etc. Now I feel like a slug in comparison. lol Anyway I try to take a little nap every day and it really helps a lot, I think it is very important that we take care of ourselves because no one is going to do it for us. Good luck and keep on hangin in there.

Turtle 2009-12-01 21:15:03 -0600 Report

Hi Steve, welcome to the site. I too have fatigue and never connected it to my diabetes but now I do. Thanks for the insight. To tell the truth, I take lots of naps and go to bed early. I am t2 and on meds.
I hope you can find out what you need here.


longhornmom2002 2009-12-01 18:14:08 -0600 Report

Well I am brand new to the diabetic world and Iam very active usually and also very thin, I dont have a problem with weight just being tired, I think it is because my body is trying to adjust, Iam just use to the go go go life and now I have pep and then lose it, my levels are still in the 2,s and then go down into the 50's so they are off. Iam hoping it will level my problem is my vision I cant see clearly and before I found out Iam a diabetic I had just been to the eye doctor and my eyes were fine, all blury now.

Lafeynn 2009-12-01 18:08:33 -0600 Report

Hi Steve,
Both Skip and Dave are correct in asking about your vitamin B and D levels. These both help with processing the food you eat into energy as well as absorption of calcium and joint health. You could also try taking herbal supplements such as Guarana, Yerba mate', Ginseng, Ginko and Rosemary. The first two contain caffeine, so be careful with them, the others are basic herbs you can find almost anywhere and work from the inside out. But make sure you talk to your doctor before starting ANY new medications or supplements. Hope this helps. - L

SkipT 2009-12-01 17:33:39 -0600 Report

Two questions for your endo.
1. What is your vitamin D level.
2. What is your vitamin B levels.

Being low in either of these vitamins (which is quite common in diabetics) can cause the fatigue.

pmsteve 2009-12-01 14:52:55 -0600 Report

Thanks all for your comments.

I exercise while at work, I have an "active" occupation and walk almost 9 miles each day. When I get home, all I want to do is lie down. Days off, the same.

sweething 2009-12-01 19:18:26 -0600 Report

If you walk 9 miles a day at work, no wonder you're tired when you get home! Even someone who's not a diabetic would be tired. Do you sleep well and feel like you've had a good night's sleep, and feel rested in the morning?

alison052579 2009-12-01 14:15:44 -0600 Report

Dr's ignore the fatigue a lot because WE ALL complain about it. The best cure is excersise if you can. Also there all some RX drugs for depersion and DNP that can help with the fatigue. My Endo gave me Cymballta and it has mininmal side effects and I have noticed more energy and less chronic pain.

sweething 2009-12-01 13:44:53 -0600 Report

Like Harlen said, some form of exercise will help the fatigue. My doctor just reinstructed me to do that today! I can barely walk at all, use a quad cane or walker, but he said get outside and walk as much as I can. I'd hate to fall in the street and have to roll around trying to get up!

Harlen 2009-12-01 12:48:25 -0600 Report

Hello and Welcome
For me to not have the Fatigue I got to work out at keest 45 min every day after brakefast and then I am good to go ,and I mean a work out so if your unable to do that DONT DO IT
I am not a Docter but this is what helps me
On the day I dont do it I and sleepy all day
Hope you feel better soom
Best wishes

Susie624 2009-12-01 11:57:40 -0600 Report

I understand the fatigue I to feel tired all the time,never seem to get enough rest,so must be the diabetes, either that or Im just lazy.lol

Hinboyz3 2009-12-01 10:50:59 -0600 Report

Hello Steve, I understand just what your going through, cause from time to time I go thru the very samethings. And when fatigue sets in on me I have to stretch out and take a nap. I exercise daily bike ride and watch what I eat, just to make sure Im eating the correct things. But sometimes I just so tired.

rankearl 2009-12-01 10:14:07 -0600 Report

hi steve i too have fatigue but mine is rekated to my chroinic pain cant get cpmfortable to sleep at night many people with diabetes also have reumatoid arthritis too both are autoimmune dz just something too think about hugs julie