Monday, August 5, 2013

Diabetes and Fatigue

Fatigue is the most disabling and most common of all diabetic symptoms.  As many people know, exhaustion can interfere with many parts of your life.  So what causes diabetic fatigue and how is it so common with diabetics?
Diabetes can cause fatigue whether the blood sugar is high or low within any diabetic person.  When the blood sugar is high, your body is getting less oxygen and its necessary nutrients; you have a drugged feeling that results in fatigue.  Lower blood sugar causes fatigue, because there are not enough nutrients for the body’s cells to work.  Inflammation through high blood sugar results with the blood vessels and when this happens immune cells flood the brain, causing once again fatigue.  If you are diabetic and you suspect that your fatigue may be the cause of your condition, you may be solely suffering from anemia and not diabetes which is a lowered blood count and deficiency of iron and certain other vitamins.  People with thyroid problems tend to have diabetes and they tend to feel tired and depressed from hypothyroidism.
Infections suffered by diabetics such as bladder or urinary infections as well as other bodily infections can cause fatigue.  These infections can raise the blood sugar levels and use more energy to fight off the infections.  Be sure to get a professionals opinion if you are experiencing fatigue while diabetic because relying on a self diagnosis of having a problem even as such as fatigue or other infection, though knowing yourself is the beginning of finding a solution with the proper help, mistakes will not be made in trying to overcome the problem.
Dealing with diabetes all the time is dealing with emotional stress and these emotional upsets can lead to negative emotions which affect our blood glucose levels.  As diabetes can be a devastating illness you must also face the truth that there is no cure for it and that taking care of yourself is a challenge.  This is why living with diabetes requires coping skills, from learning to control the diabetes to working with the emotions of having the illness.  

Written by Donald S

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