Type 2 diabetes is a condition which affects a person pancreas as it cannot produce enough insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels. Many people are completely unaware they are even living with the condition as symptoms don’t always make them feel unwell. However, left untreated, dangerous health consequences could be a reality. Suffering from sleep deprivation and being constantly tired could mean you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes and your blood sugar levels are too high.
Diabetes.co.uk said: “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.
“Blood glucose levels go high when there is insufficient insulin, or the insulin is not working effectively enough.
“To provide us with energy, insulin is needed to transport glucose from blood into our cells to be used for energy.
“When there is not enough insulin, or the insulin isn’t working effectively, it means the sugar in the blood cannot get into our cells and therefore our cells do not receive the energy they need.
The result, we feel tired.”
SleepFoundation.org added: “Sleep deprivation is an often overlooked but significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, a disease that involves too much glucose in the blood and increases the risk of heart disease.
“The connection may be hard to imagine.
“But the primary reason that regularly skimping on shuteye can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes is because your hormone levels get thrown out of whack.
“Specifically, with ongoing sleep loss, less insulin is released in the body after you eat, meanwhile the body secretes more stress hormones which helps you stay awake but makes it harder for insulin to do its job effectively.
“The net effect: Too much glucose stays in the bloodstream, which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
What the experts said
Dr Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at the University Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said: “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 dehydration.
“It can also come from kidney disease.
Dr Zonszein explains that when a person has 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,” he said.
Source: | Daily Express