Lack of energy is one of the most common complaints I get from my diabetic patients, but the reason for this tired feeling might surprise you. Remember earlier I discussed how extra sugar is trapped in the blood? You may be feeling tired and hungry because the sugar in your blood simply hasn't been delivered. It has to be absorbed into the cell for you to have energy. Your cells aren't getting energy because the doors are jammed shut and insulin is having a tough time getting them to open and accept the sugar from your blood (insulin resistance). Using your muscles can help that. You see, because they protect us from danger, muscles have a special ability to drawn those unburned sugars into the cell. Imagine there was a fire and you needed to escape, you would have plenty of energy right? Well you can use this to your advantage and the great thing is there doesn't have to be a real fire to do it. The next time you feel tired and hungry check your blood sugar level. If it's 80 or lower, it's time to eat. But if it's 180, you have plenty of fuel in the blood. Don't eat and add more fuel on top of it, burn what's there by going for a walk or by doing some other form of gentle exercise. When the muscles begin to draw these sugars from the blood you will actually feel better. Talk to your doctor and get the okay; then start slowly with a type of activity that you enjoy and suits your lifestyle.
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