You’re here because you want to know the answer: does diabetes make you tired?
And furthermore – what causes diabetes fatigue? Why does it happen?
Fatigue is something that can really take its toll on a person and on everyone in their life – including family and friends.
It’s an awful position to be in to not have the energy to spend time playing with your children, or feel like you don’t have enough energy to do what you want to do.
And having to make decisions like not driving medium distances because you’re afraid of getting too tired is a terrible decision to have to make.
So, to answer the question…
Yes, Diabetes Can Make You Tired
Fatigue and feeling tired are extremely common symptoms of diabetes. They’re caused by a buildup of glucose in the blood, leading to slowed circulation and feelings of fatigue or sluggishness. In addition, when your blood sugar is low, your body doesn’t have enough fuel to run properly – leaving you feeling exhausted and fatigued. Even worse, high blood glucose can cause inflammation of your blood vessels – constricting them and limiting circulation, which can make you feel tired and fatigued as well.
Is My Fatigue Definitely From Diabetes?
Not necessarily. There are many other causes of fatigue that could be contributing to how you’re feeling.
Both lifestyle factors and medical conditions can lead to fatigue.
For instance, the simplest cause of fatigue is lack of sleep – or lack of quality sleep. If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, then even if you’re in perfect health you’re going to be feeling fatigue and exhausted.
Along the same lines, if you’re running yourself ragged and spreading yourself too thin across many different projects and responsibilities, it could definitely contribute to fatigue and exhaustion.
Work schedules also contribute directly to fatigue – especially if you’re working overnight or against normal waking hours. If you’re working a ton of hours it will also cause fatigue and tiredness.
Compounding on that, if you’re keeping yourself up and about by drinking coffee or energy drinks for the caffeine, it could come back to bite you. Too much caffeine could actually make you more tired and leave you way behind the eight ball when it comes to energy.
If your body isn’t getting what it needs you will feel exhausted and fatigued. Whether you’re eating too many processed foods and not enough whole foods for their nutrients, or you’re not keeping hydrated, your fatigue could be your body asking for better nourishment.
What Are Other Medical Causes Of Fatigue?
On the other hand, there are a host of medical conditions that also lead directly to fatigue and feelings of exhaustion.
To start out, hypothyroidism is a condition that affects many people – and is especially prevalent in those with diabetes. One of the major symptoms is fatigue and feeling tired. (1)
Another condition that causes fatigue is heart disease – your body has trouble getting oxygenated cells to the parts that need them most. (2) Talk to your doctor if you suspect you might have heart disease.
Anemia is a condition that’s extremely easy to test for and easily correctable – so if you feel tired all the time this is an excellent place to start looking. It’s usually caused by a lack of iron in your diet – and one of the major symptoms is tiredness that doesn’t seem to go away. (3)
Depression and stress also directly contribute to a feeling of exhaustion and fatigue. If you’ve been stressed out for a long time and feel exhausted, or you feel you’re suffering from depression, both could be major contributors to a lack of energy. (4)
Proper sleep is crucial to feeling awake, alert, and energetic. One of the things that detracts from proper sleep but often goes undiagnosed is sleep apnea. If you feel exhausted even after a full night’s sleep, sleep apnea could definitely be the culprit. (5)
Fatigue and exhaustion can also be caused by an infection in your body. It’s possible to have an infection without even knowing about it – like a uti. You can experience no symptoms from a uti except for feeling tired and worn out. (6)
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that causes fatigue. Doctors don’t know what causes it, and there’s no known test for it –the way that doctors diagnose it is by ruling out other conditions. (7)
As you can see, there are many factors both medical and non-medical besides diabetes that can cause fatigue. If you’re feeling worn out and tired all the time, please talk to your doctor – they will work with you to get to the bottom of what’s causing your fatigue.