Type 2 Diabetes – Are You Dealing With Fatigue? – Many people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes frequently complain of fatigue. In a study reported in the journal Diabetes Education, June 2012, investigators looked at possible reasons, including psychological, physical, and lifestyle, for causes of the reported fatigue.
Eighty-three women who ranged in age from 40 to 65 years and diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes without known causes for their fatigue, were included in the study. The most important factors associated with fatigue were:
symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes,
body mass index (BMI),
which accounted for 48 per cent of the fatigue.
From this information it was concluded physical, emotional, and lifestyle-related factors could be involved with the fatigue of the various participants..
To control or eliminate Type 2 diabetes symptoms, diabetics need to maintain good blood sugar control. Following a low-fat, low-GI carbohydrate, low calorie eating plan packed with nutrients is helpful…
fresh vegetables and fruit with a good amount of fiber help to slow down absorption of sugar, helping to provide a steady blood sugar level instead of sudden sugar spikes.
regular physical activity helps to burn calories and sugar and to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Since low sensitivity to the body’s insulin causes Type 2 diabetes, it is no wonder that increasing sensitivity is helpful in maintaining good control. When necessary, conscientiously following a schedule of medications is a big help.
Monitoring blood sugar levels can help Type 2 diabetics and their doctor know how to treat the condition appropriately.
A healthy diet and regular exercise are also a help in establishing and maintaining a good body mass index (BMI). The most reliable way to work out how much at risk your weight puts you, is to have your body composition analyzed by a professional. A simple alternative to finding your BMI, is to go to the website: A BMI of 30 or greater is defined as obese. The healthy range is 19 to 25. A BMI of 26 or higher places you at increased risk.
Establishing a good body weight and a habit of regular physical activity are also good for treating depression. Naturally if you feel healthy and look your best you will feel better emotionally. Exercise causes your brain to make and release endorphins… good molecules that help to elevate your mood.
Usually people with fatigue do not want to exercise because they feel too tired to get up and go for a walk, but pushing our abilities to be active when we don’t feel like it makes us more able to do more. Make a plan for doing a little more than you are used to, and gradually work up as you build up endurance. Build up your endurance and watch your fatigue go away.