Fatigue is a common problem among individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
People with type 1 diabetes of type 2 diabetes may experience feelings of fatigue as a symptom of their condition or a side effect of diabetes medications.
Another possibility is that exhaustion may occur when these individuals have to spend much of their time learning to balance diabetes management with their everyday lives.
A recent study conducted by Diabetica
Research Solutions, which involved more than 8,000 diabetics, found that 85 percent of respondents experience difficulty maintaining their quality of life due to frequent feelings of fatigue.
"Living with diabetes is a constant challenge. Chronic fatigue may be symptomatic of the disease and can make it difficult for someone with diabetes to be active enough to control weight and properly self-manage their disease," said Dr. Richard Corlin
, chairman DRSI
Diabetes Advisory Board.
He noted that individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who do not practice good diabetes management are often vitamin-B deficient and can become dehydrated easily, which can contribute to feelings of fatigue.
Non-diabetics who feel tired during the day may turn to caffeinated drinks like coffee or sodas to curb their fatigue, but many of these beverages contain high amounts of sugar that may cause unsafe changes in blood glucose levels for individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
The study's results showed that only 6 percent of respondents used energy drinks.
However, individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may also consider steering clear of diet sodas that contain caffeine and no calories or sugar.
According to recent studies presented at the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions in San Diego, consuming artificially sweetened sodas and beverages may contribute to increasing waistlines and high fasting blood glucose levels.
The study's results indicated that individuals who regularly consumed diet sodas experienced a 500 times greater increase in waist circumference than those who didn't consume these drinks over a period of 10 years.
Another group of researchers who presented their findings at the meeting said that mice fed an artificial sweetener called aspartame over three months had elevated fasting blood glucose levels but did not experience increases in their amounts of insulin. This effect may exacerbate blood sugar imbalances in individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
Many physicians recommend that their diabetic patients take steps to manage their weight, especially those with type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains that engaging in regular physical activity to promote healthy weight loss can reduce diabetics' risk of experiencing health complication and improve their energy levels.
The organization also states that individuals with pre-diabetes who reduce their body weight by as little as 5 or 10 pounds may be able to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes or avoid the condition altogether.
Simply walking for an extra five minutes per day can help people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes burn 24 more calories than they normally would, which adds up to nearly 9,000 more calories per year, the ADA notes.