Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition and a worldwide epidemic. The condition means a persons pancreas doesn’t work properly or can’t make enough insulin. Poor insulin production causes blood sugar levels to keep rising and left untreated, serious health complications may occur such as heart attack or stroke.
Fatigue is a symptom that’s often associated with the condition.
There are many possible causes, including everything from diabetes-related complications to underlying conditions.
Dr Sonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Centre at the University Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said: “With type 2 diabetes, poor blood sugar control typically results in hyperglycaemia or high blood sugar, which can cause fatigue among other symptoms.
How diabetes affects a person?
“Some people, especially the elderly, get dehydrated because their blood sugars are so high and this leads to increased urination.
The fatigue, in part, comes from the dehydrations. It can also came from kidney disease.
When people have type 2 diabetes for a long time, they can develop damage in their kidneys, heart and liver.
Abnormalities in these organs can also cause fatigue,” said Dr Sonszein.
Type 2 diabetes is a complex disease that is associated with numerous co-morbidities, including obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
People with diabetes who neglect their health because of fatigue and other symptoms put themselves at greater risk of developing complications, according to a review of literature focused on diabetes-related fatigue that was published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
Often neglected are psychological factors, such as depression or feeling overwhelmed by their diagnosis or complexity of medical care, that can contribute greatly to feeling “low energy.”