What is Diabetes Fatigue?

Caring for your diabetes may seem like a lot, especially when faced with energy zappers like stress and daily demands. Various factors in diabetes tend to erode your energy levels at some point, and as fatigue sets in, your blood sugars can spike and spring other symptoms. It’s important to recognize these side effects and how they impact your behavior, so you can seek help before symptoms get worse.

Fluctuations in blood sugar levels
When your blood sugars are high, your kidneys are forced to operate in maximum gear to get rid of the high sugars. This causes you to urinate more often than normal, making you dehydrated and languid. 

High blood sugars can zap your energy by preventing sugar entry into your cells because insulin isn’t able to push sugar into your cells. As a result, your cells don’t get the fuel they need, and you don’t get the energy.

Low blood sugars also deprive your body of required fuel (glucose), which can make you feel sluggish.

Side effects of medicines
Certain diabetes medications may lower energy levels. If you’re experiencing negative side effects, be sure to speak to your medical provider. They may be able to help. Do not stop taking your medication unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Depression/stress
Both psychological and biological disturbances in diabetes heighten your risk of developing depression. Fatigue is a very common symptom of depression. If you think you may be depressed, talk with your doctor.

Diabetes-related complications
Diabetes can damage your kidneys, heart, and nerves. If these organs are not functioning properly, it can cause fatigue.

What can you do about diabetes fatigue?

If you are experiencing symptoms of fatigue, it’s important to take good care of your body. Here are three simple ways to boost your energy levels and break through the fatigue.

Eat healthy
Skipping meals may cause your blood sugars to drop too low, drain your energy, and put you at risk of hypoglycemia. This also increases your chances of binging on food that isn’t healthy and leads to more weight gain and fatigue.

Stay active

Inactivity contributes to fatigue and daytime sleepiness, and can quickly cause weight gain. Exercise is one of the best ways to build energy, even if it’s just a 15 minute walk.

Prioritize sleep

Sleep helps your body rest and recharge for a new day, Going to bed late will only make you more tired and sluggish, spike blood sugars and cause cravings.

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