Jewels Doskicz is a registered nurse, freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. Jewels is the moderator of Diabetic Connect’s weekly #DCDE Twitter chat, and she and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes.
If you have type 1 diabetes and suffer from exhaustion you may not be alone.
A recent study in the Netherlands found 40 percent of its participants with type 1 diabetes suffer from chronic fatigue. Surprisingly, researchers didn't find a tight correspondence between glucose control and this fatigue as they had hypothesized.
"We think that the diabetes itself and its (medical) consequences can trigger fatigue," according to Hans Knoop, an author of this study. "Once the fatigue is triggered, other factors step in and can perpetuate the symptom. Examples of these factors are sleep problems or a lowered level of activity."
As a person living with type 1 diabetes, I can attest to the fact that high blood sugars affect levels of energy, mood and concentration. In fact, symptoms of high blood sugar can serve as a key driver for many to regulate blood sugars.
But unfortunately, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) shares symptoms with many other illnesses and is easily overlooked or misdiagnosed. If you're experiencing any of the symptoms below, be sure to talk to your healthcare team about it and see what might help. For example, behavioral interventionists are prescribing exercise to help alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue.
Symptoms of CFS - According to the CDC
- Extreme exhaustion following physical/ mental exertion
- Difficulty sleeping
- Poor concentration/ memory
- Muscle/ joint pain without swelling or redness
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in neck/ armpit
- Brain fog, allergies, IBS, mood disturbances and other symptoms are reported as well.