Diabetes and Exhaustion: You’re Not Alone

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Studies show that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from chronic fatigue than the rest of the population. Some research even suggests that nearly 85% of people with diabetes report fatigue. That’s a lot of people not getting enough sleep.

In addition to fatigue contributing to changes in energy, concentration, and motivation, it can also alter your emotional and psychological well-being. What’s worse, is that a lot of people remain unaware of the correlation between diabetes and fatigue.

In the video below, George, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, discusses the difficulties he faces with diabetes. How living with the condition is truly exhausting. He notes the way most people, even people who have diabetes, typically associate physical aspects of diabetes management with exhaustion… the way it takes a toll on an individual to wake up in the middle of the night to test, or to wake up early to exercise.

However, George also discusses the less often talked about idea of their being a mental and emotional element to having diabetes.

As a person with diabetes, you’re required to constantly be “on.” Diabetes management takes a ton of mental effort. From remembering appointments, to counting carbs and taking medication, you rarely get a day to truly relax.

It’s so great to know we aren’t alone. Take a look at the video below where George talks about how exhausting diabetes management can be! We love his message, and we’d love to hear what you think about it. How do you cope with the exhaustion that comes with diabetes management! Let us know in the comments below.

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.