Living with diabetes can be hard to explain. Some days are just “bad” days.
There isn’t always a medical answer for it either. Sure, sometimes there are reasons we don’t feel good, such as bad blood sugar control or too much chocolate cake. But some of the symptoms you experience are hard to plan for and treat.
Take chronic fatigue, for example. There isn’t really a great medical explanation why you would be tired more often than other people, but you could be. A research team recently found in a study conducted by The Expert Centre for Chronic Fatigue at Radboud University in Nijmegen that chronic fatigue is much more prevalent in those living with diabetes than the general population.
Interestingly, the study found there was not a strong connection between A1c levels and chronic fatigue, which means that whether you have poor diabetes control or really great control, you are still prone to fatigue. This can be frustrating when you are trying your best to stay healthy and doing everything right but you still don’t feel your best.
The study did say the presence of diabetes complications or other co-morbidities did increase the odds that one would experience chronic fatigue. Of course your body is going to be tired when multiple systems of the body are malfunctioning. It is obvious that the healthier you can keep your body, the better you are going to feel and the more energy you will have.
Staying on top of your diabetes management may not prevent fatigue, illness, or other daily aches and pains that you may experience, but it at least gives you a better chance at feeling better.
Have you experienced chronic fatigue? How did you deal with it? Share your story in the comments below.