Many people with diabetes will describe themselves as feeling tired, lethargic or fatigued at times.
It could be a result of stress, hard work or a lack of a decent night’s sleep but it could also be related to having too high or too low blood glucose levels.
Tiredness as a symptom of diabetes
Regular tiredness, particularly tiredness following meals, is a common symptom of diabetes.
What causes people with diabetes to be tired?
Two common reasons for tiredness or lethargy are having too high or too low blood sugar levels.
In both cases, the tiredness is the result of having an imbalance between one’s level of blood glucose and the amount or effectiveness of circulating insulin.
If you feel tired during the day, despite having slept well, it could be a result of either high or low sugar levels. It is best to test your blood glucose levels. This is particularly important for people on insulin.
Tiredness and high blood sugar levels
Blood glucose levels go high when there is either insufficient insulin (typically in the case of type 1 diabetes) or the insulin is not working effectively enough (typically in type 2 diabetes).
To provide us with energy, insulin is needed to transport glucose from blood into our cells to be used for energy.
When there is not enough insulin, or the insulin isn’t working effectively, it means the sugar in our blood cannot get into our cells and therefore our cells do not receive the energy they need. As a result, we feel tired.
Managing tiredness and high blood sugar after meals
If tiredness is accompanied by high blood glucose levels after meals, it can indicate one or more of the following:
- The carbohydrate you are eating is too quick acting for you medication to cope with
- You are eating too much carbohydrate for your medication/dosage
- Your medication/dosage is not strong enough
You should only change your medication dosage if your doctor has approved you to.
Putting on weight is a common indication that one’s insulin levels are too high. People who are overweight and experiencing tiredness as a result of high blood glucose levels may be able to combat tiredness by reducing their carbohydrate intake.
Controlling one’s blood sugar levels is of the utmost importance. One supplement that has been proven to help with the effective control of blood glucose levels is the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement. Take this supplement with each and every meal to help retard the uptake of the glucose from the food to the blood stream. You can take this product with your diabetic medication (either oral medication or insulin).
When taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support with diabetic medication, you need to watch your blood sugar levels carefully, because you might have to adjust your medication need.
Follow a sensible diet, like the diet given in the free Manna Diabetes e-book, which eliminate sugar and starches.
If your energy levels still don’t improve, even with controlled blood sugar levels, you can use Manna Energy Boost, which was formulated for diabetics to increase energy levels the natural way without any side effects.