Can Diabetes Cause Night Sweats?

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Night Sweats: How You Can Find Relief

It’s no fun to change your sheets in the middle of the night, but that may be a common occurrence if night sweats are disrupting your sleep. Night sweats are drenching sweats that can soak your clothing and bedding, regardless of the temperature in your bedroom. Various factors may cause them, but most of the common causes are treatable, says family physician Donald Ford, MD. Common causes of night sweats Night sweats are common in women who are going through menopause, but they also have many other potential causes. They can be traced to infections, medications, hormonal problems, neurologic problems, substance abuse or even cancer in some cases. “Commonly used medications that can cause night sweats include antidepressants and some diabetes medications,” says Dr. Ford. Some people have other disorders that cause excessive sweating (known as hyperhidrosis) at any time of day or night, but night sweats are different – and they may be temporary or recurring. “There’s no easy way to distinguish different types of sweating,” Dr. Ford says. “We have to look at the whole picture.” For example, viral illnesses such as colds and the flu cause night sweats, but they resol Continue reading >>

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  1. missriss68

    Metformin and night sweats

    Please help me. I have been having extreme night sweats. I have done a search to see if metformin causes night sweats and I have found a few posts indicating people are experiencing this side effect. I called the doctor and he said night sweats are not a side effect of metformin.
    A few nights ago I forgot to take the metformin at dinner, which is normally around 6 pm as I was out and didn't get home until about 11. I took it at that time and went to bed. No night sweats that night. Hmmm. Ok, so the next night I took it around the same time, no night sweats again.... So I am assuming the metformin is what's causing this issue, however, I am noticing my fasting bgs is higher in the morning than what it should be. Any advice? Anyone experience this? Oh, I am taking the metformin extended (1500 total).

  2. 1970clea

    Night sweats can indicate a low during the night. Not taking metformin might have an effect on that. It is unlikely to be the drug, rather the disease... try having a high fat/protein snack before bed and see if that helps.

  3. missriss68

    I have checked blood sugar when I was having night sweats, and I am not low. I didn't have any night sweats while I was on insulin. I am so confused. But I do know, I can't sleep due to this.

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