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Type 2 diabetes: Do you regularly feel this way? A warning sign of high blood sugar levels

Tiredness can be the result of a range of factors such as stress, hard work or a disturbed night's sleep. As a result, it is easy to dismiss the warning sign. However, it could also be related to having too high or low blood glucose levels. According to Diabetes.co.uk: "The tiredness is the result of having an imbalance between one's level of blood glucose and the amount or effectiveness of circulating insulin. If a person feels tired during the day, despite having slept well, it could be a result of either high or low sugar levels, the health body said.

According to the American Diabetes Association, research shows that 61 percent of people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes report fatigue as a symptom.

The research also found that fatigue is the second most common symptom in this group.

Sleep deprivation has been associated with eating more, moving less and having a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Reasons as to why a person may feel chronic fatigue when living with type 2 diabetes include changes in the blood sugar levels, other diabetes symptoms, complications of the condition, mental and emotional issues resulting from diabetes or being overweight.

A team of researchers from Toho University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, explained: "It was not clear whether glucose intolerance was due to the changes in food intake or energy expenditure or to the sleep deprivation itself."

The researchers studied two groups of mice: One group was kept awake for six hours each night ("sleep deprivation"), while the control group could sleep as desired.

The research team offered unlimited high-fat food and sugar water - mimicking lifestyle-related food choices that people make - to both groups prior to the study.

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During the sleep/wake period, the animals had limited opportunity for physical activity.

The researchers measured glucose levels and fat content of the liver immediately after the trial period.

Blood glucose levels were significantly higher in the sleep deprivation group than controls after one six-hour session of wakefulness.

Triglyceride (fat) levels and the production of glucose in the liver also increased in the sleep deprivation group after a single wake period.


Elevated liver triglycerides are associated with insulin resistance, or the inability of the body to process insulin properly.

In addition, lack of sleep changed the expression of enzymes that regulate metabolism in the liver in the sleep deprivation group.

These findings suggest that "intervention studies designed to prevent sleep deprivation-induced hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance should be performed in the future," the researchers wrote.

Diabetes affects the way the body regulates and uses blood sugar.

When a person eats, the body breaks down food into simple sugars, or glucose, said Medical News Today.

The health site continued: "In people with diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body does not use insulin effectively.

"Cells need insulin to absorb glucose from the blood.

"If the cells do not take in enough glucose, it can build up in the blood. The cells need glucose to provide energy."

If you have been suffering with fatigue no matter how much sleep, you are getting it's important to get your blood sugar levels checked.



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