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How To Deal With Diabetic Lethargy

Bouts of sleepiness, especially after meals, are some of the most common and disabling symptoms of diabetes. However, there are many causes of lethargy, besides diabetes. So how do you know whether you have diabetic lethargy and, if you do have it, what can you do to combat it? Many diabetics feel, at times, extremely tired, fatigued or lethargic. Having periods when you feel so exhausted that you can only prevent yourself from falling asleep with great difficulty can seriously disrupt your daily life. This tiredness can be caused by blood glucose levels that are too high or too low. But it can also be due to a dozen or so other causes such as stress, overwork, lack of a good night’s sleep and so on. The glucose-insulin system Glucose, a simple sugar, is your body’s primary source of energy. In fact, your muscle cells need glucose all the time so you can talk, walk, run, read a book, think etc. When your food is being digested, glucose is released from your stomach into your bloodstream and carried to your muscle cells. At the same time, insulin, a hormone (type of chemical), is released into your bloodstream from your pancreas. Insulin is needed to enable the glucose to enter Continue reading >>

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  1. kiwi777


    whenever i eat bread, mashed potatoes i go to sleep within 10 15 min…i feel real tired…what is that?

  2. MrsCDogg

    At my house we just call it the "Carb coma"..lol. It's why a lot of folks call starchy stuff comfort food. It makes them sleepy.

  3. berrykins0

    i get tired if i don't eat on time.i can tell i need carbs

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In this video I discuss the what are carbohydrates and the types of carbohydrates. The pros and cons to each type, and the best carbs to eat. Transcript Types of carbs So, what are the different types of carbohydrates? The answer to this question depends on who you ask. Some common classifications would be healthy and unhealthy, good and bad, slow and fast. In this video I am going to classify them as simple, complex and fibrous. Before we get into those classifications, we need to look at molecules. I know, fun stuff, but it will help you understand better. A monosaccharide is a single molecule, such as fructose, which is found in fruit. A disaccharide consists of 2 monosaccharide molecules, such as sucrose or table sugar. And a polysaccharide consists of many monosaccharide molecules, such as in whole grain pasta. Now that we have that out of the way, lets look at simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are made up of mono and disaccharides, 1 or 2 molecules. Some foods include, fruits, milk, and foods with high amounts of added sugars. Typically simple carbohydrates are easily absorbed into the bloodstream because of their simple molecular structure. However, when you obtain simple carbohydrates from whole foods, they are usually combined with vitamins, minerals and fiber, which slows down the digestive process. Now, lets look at complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are composed of polysaccharides, so, because of their more complex molecular structure, they can take longer for the body to break down and digest, like whole grains and vegetables. However, some complex carbohydrate foods have been processed, which strips them of some of their natural, high fiber content as well as vitamins and minerals, so they are digested faster and more easily. So, with both simple and complex carbohydrates I have mentioned fast and slow digestion. Why is that important? 3 reasons, #1 is it is going to make you feel fuller longer, rapid digestion means hunger returns quicker which leads to more consumption. #2, typically slower digested foods cause lower blood level spikes, and #3, slower, longer digestion means the body is using more energy over a longer period of time to break down the food, which is an increase or boost in metabolism. Next up is fiber. Fiber is parts of plants that cant be digested. I have a separate video that looks deeper into fiber that I will link in the little I in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Bottom line. So, the question is what type of carbohydrates should you eat. That is actually very easy to answer. All 3 types. Don’t focus on the types, instead, focus on Carbohydrates that have been minimally processed, like whole grain pasta, and whole wheat bread, also Fruits and vegetables that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. And of course anything from dairy queen. Ah, just joking with ya folks. Seriously though, minimize the consumption of the processed foods, if you can eliminated them great, if not, its about moderation. Its ok to eat the foods you love, you just have to do it in moderation. Other sources... http://www.builtlean.com/2012/05/17/c... http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/healt... http://www.livestrong.com/article/133...

How Carbohydrates Cause Insulin Resistance & Diabetes

Carbohydrates are a name given to describe food that is either sugary (e.g., honey) or starchy (e.g., potatoes). There are two main types of carbohydrate: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and flour, are digested by the body very quickly. This means that when you eat foods containing simple carbohydrates, you will get a short and rapid boost of energy. It’s like lighting a firework, once you light it, you get a lot of immediate energy but it only lasts for a short time. In summary, simple carbohydrates are… Usually the foods you love! Simple, so the body can use them quickly Usually taste sweet like sugar Provide a quick boost of energy Energy boost doesn’t last long Complex carbohydrates are found mainly in vegetables, grains and brown rice. When you eat complex carbohydrates, the body takes longer to digest them resulting in a gradual release of energy over a prolonged period of time. In summary, complex carbohydrates are… Usually the foods you hate! They are complex, so the body takes longer to break them down Mainly found in vegetables and rice Provide a gradual release of energy Energy supplied for a long period of time Let’s now look at what ha Continue reading >>

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  1. nmchica1

    Extremely sleepy after meals. What could it be?

    I have noticed that when I eat, I go from being alert, awake, able to think/function....to extremely tired (can barely keep my eyes open or function), foggy, can't focus or concentrate, and mildly depressed......it's so drastic, it's like a switch goes off. The only exceptions seem to be eggs and fruit (I do not eat meat). I will purposely avoid breakfast in the mornings b/c it just ruins the rest of the day. I only recently realized this may not be normal and am wondering what is wrong.
    I've found articles online about glucose intolerance which seems to fit, however, I am under the impression that you must be overweight or even obese to have this condition. I am very thin and both my parents are very thin. My grandmother has diabetes and was very thin when she was young as well, but is now overweight.
    Is obesity a necessity to be diagnosed with this condition and if so, what else could possibly be going on? It's very incapacitating....
    Thanks in advance for any advice!

  2. phototaker

    Hello, NMchica1! I think you are wise to be concerned, since you have diabetes in your family.
    Yes, you can be thin and have diabetes. We have people on this blog who were thin when diagnosed. Some of your symptoms reminded me of myself when my blood sugars were higher, especially after eating a high carb meal.
    I suggest you go to see a doctor and have a fasting blood glucose taken. You can also ask for an A1C, too. They usually do this after two fasting blood glucose tests. Be sure to mention that your grandmother is diabetic and was thin when diagnosed.
    Call the doctor tomorrow and make an appt. If it's not diabetes, it might be something else, thyroid, etc.
    Good luck and let us know what the doctor says.

  3. krhudson

    hi mnchica, I agree with Photo. Go see the Dr. and tell him/her about the family history of Diabetes and that you get extreemly tired after meals. The first Lab will be a fasting blood sugar and you could request and see if they will give you the A1C which gives a 90 day average of your blood sugars.
    Obesity does not have to exist to be type 1 or 2 Diabetic.
    Very important to get an appointment. Not sure what you do for excersise but if you do lean Diabetic sometimes just excersise and getting off white fluffy carbs and go to baby red potatoes and veggies, nuts and Low sugar yogart will do the trick and of course salad is real good. Limit the fruit a little since some of that will spike blood sugars. Try to get some form of protein in the diet to offset and work with the carbs as you metabolize food and control your portions.
    Add a veggie sausage by morning star for breakfast and go light on oj.
    Let us know what happens.

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Why Do I Feel Tired After Eating?

We’ve all felt it — that drowsy feeling that sneaks in after a meal. You’re full and relaxed, and you’re struggling to keep your eyes open. Why are meals so often followed by a sudden urge to take a nap, and should you be concerned about it? In general, a little bit of sleepiness after eating is completely normal and nothing to worry about. There are several factors that contribute to this post-meal phenomenon, and there are a few things you might be able to do to minimize those drowsy effects. Your Digestion Cycle Your body needs energy to function — not just to run after your dog or put in time at the gym — but to breathe and simply exist. We get this energy from our food, which is broken down into fuel, or glucose, by our digestive system, and then macronutrients provide calories, or energy, to our bodies. More than just changing food into energy, our digestive cycle triggers all kinds of responses within our body. Hormones such as cholecystokinin (CCK), glucagon, and amylin are released to increase satiety, blood sugar rises, and insulin is produced to allow this sugar to go from the blood and into the cells, where it is used for energy. Interestingly, there are als Continue reading >>

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  1. Lilliepop

    Hello. I think I have ask ask about this problem before but now it's much worst. I used to fall asleep after eating anything with sugar after about half an hour, now I am dropping off to sleep after eating anything and almost straight away. I just did it to day had some cottage cheese and ham and when I finished just went to sleep it's like almost passing out I was sitting up looking on my PC. It's horrible. Was wondering if anyone has this problem or what is making me do this?
    My husband used to think it funny but now he doesn't it's worrying. Also I have a slight headache when I come round like a bit of a hangover. I have one Dr saying I'm prediabetic and another one at the hospital saying I'm not.

  2. Squire Fulwood

    I do this all the time. Instead of feeling guilty I just go with it. The longest I sleep is half an hour but more often about ten minutes and then I pop up and feel well. Stop feeling guilty and divorce the husband.

  3. Lilliepop

    Yes but you feel good when you wake up I feel dreadful. Are you prediabetic? How long have you done this? And is it after eating anything say cheese for instance no carbs?

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