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Diabetes Fatigue — Get Your Energy Back

Fatigue is one of the most common and most disabling symptoms of diabetes. What causes all this exhaustion and how can we get our energy back? Some studies have reported that as many as 85% of people with diabetes experience fatigue, defined as excessive tiredness that interferes with one or more life functions. As a Diabetes Self-Management reader named Donnah wrote, “Since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, my housework suffers dramatically, I don’t do half of the things that I used to do with my child. When I do find the time and energy to do things, I am easily worn out and need to rest. I can’t even keep a job. I am on disability because of it and I hate this.” Causes of fatigue How does diabetes make you tired? • High blood sugar makes blood sticky, so it can’t get through the capillaries as easily to bring oxygen to cells. You know how you get sleepy after a big meal? High blood sugar can mean having that feeling all the time. • Insulin resistance keeps glucose out of body cells, so they don’t have fuel. • High blood sugar also causes inflammation. Remember how exhausted you get with the flu? That is, in part, inflammation. The same thing happens with po Continue reading >>

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  1. MCS

    Muscle Weakness

    Do any of you suffer from muscle weakness?
    2 yrs ago I was as strong as an ox. I could move, lift, shove anything I put my mind to. I could easily carry a clothes dryer up a flight of stairs by myself, did so several times.
    Right before being Dxed, I purchased some urine sticks to check glucose levels, I was off the scale, >2000 for almost a week, while eating nothing but eggs and slim jims. This thread isn't a rant, this episode of extremely high BGs robbed me of my strength. I could easily run a mile before, now 100yrds is the best I can do, no heart problems, no breathing problems, just weakness in my legs. Right arm cramps just drying my hair. I don't take any statins. Also my right arm (bicep) is like some one scooped out a chunk of it next to my shoulder, its really odd looking.
    Just curious if any one else is having issues with muscle strength.

  2. jwags

    It sounds like what happened to me on statins. Are you taking any other medications? I have heard that it takes insulin to build muscle so when many diabetics lose muscle it is hard to rebuild it. I've been able to build back some of the muscle I lost over the summer but not all of it. I used to be able to lift very heavy weights and now I fatigue at 15 lbs. I feel my muscle actually dissolved and I could tell the way my arms and legs looked. I am hoping they fill out again eventually. I really don't like the scrawny look.

  3. MCS

    I have managed to rebuild some muscles in my legs, but the muscles I am rebuilding still do not seem to have the same strength capability as before.
    The only Rx I am taking is Lisinopril.

    Originally Posted by jeanne wagner
    It sounds like what happened to me on statins. Are you taking any other medications? I have heard that it takes insulin to build muscle so when many diabetics lose muscle it is hard to rebuild it. I've been able to build back some of the muscle I lost over the summer but not all of it. I used to be able to lift very heavy weights and now I fatigue at 15 lbs. I feel my muscle actually dissolved and I could tell the way my arms and legs looked. I am hoping they fill out again eventually. I really don't like the scrawny look.

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