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What do you understand by Diabetes fatigue?

Updated at: Jan 15, 2013
Written by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Nov 01, 2011
What do you understand by Diabetes fatigue?

Do you know diabetes can make you feel tired and fatigued. According to experts diabetes can make you feel tired and worn-down.


Experts say that an imbalance in blood sugar (glucose) causes diabetes-related fatigue. Glucose is the type of simple sugar that the cells use for energy. Insulin is a hormone that helps in metabolism of blood glucose and it’s utilization for energy by different cells of the body.


In people with diabetes the blood glucose or blood sugar levels are high but the cells are not able to utilize this for energy----so practically your cells are starving even though there is plenty of glucose in the blood.


This makes you feel tired and fatigued.


Fatigue in diabetes can affect you mentally as well---you may feel tired and sleepy most of the time. Besides this you may have difficulty in concentrating.


You may have other symptoms of diabetes like

  • Excessive thirst and hunger,
  • Increased frequency of urination during the night
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry, itchy skin.
  • Patches of darkened skin.

What can you to prevent fatigue and tiredness

  • Maintain blood sugar as normal as possible---take your medication regularly as prescribed by your doctor. Go for regular follow up for blood sugar level checking.
  • Maintain healthy body weight
  • Eat healthy diet
  • Do regular exercises
  • Avoiding smoking, and alcohol

Dr Poonam Sachdeva, our in-house medical expert talks about the why what and how in diabetes.


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