Diabetes - Chase away fatigue and stay energized

Fluctuations in blood glucose levels may contribute to fatigue in people with diabetes. Find out what you can do to help maintain steady energy through the day.

Fatigue, or the feeling of tiredness and lack of energy, is not uncommon among people with diabetes. This may have a negative impact on the quality of life, and also affects the successful self-management of diabetes.

What causes fatigue? It can be due to various reasons – in people with diabetes, one of the likely causes is the spikes and dips in blood sugar levels. Good blood sugar control, which is fundamental to the management of diabetes, could therefore help to provide steady energy and reduce fatigue.

Research has shown that blood sugar levels tend to be highest after breakfast, compared to other mealtimes. So it is important to start your day with the right breakfast choice. Go for a healthful option which has a low glycemic index. Glycemic index, or GI, is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Examples of low GI breakfast items include rolled oats, tuna bun and wholegrain cereals.

It also helps for you to take a more active role in understanding diabetes, so that you learn to manage it well and keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. A blood glucose monitor is a useful tool to help determine patterns of blood glucose control. Consult your healthcare provider on how often you should check your blood glucose, and keep track of the results. Share the record with your healthcare provider and get their guidance on whether you need to make changes to your diet, exercise or medication.

Know Your Targets For Good Blood Sugar Control

In general, people with diabetes should aim for a blood sugar level of between 4.0 - 7.0mmol/l before meals, and not more than 10 mmol/l two hours after a meal.

HbA1c is a measurement of average blood sugar over the past 2 - 3 months. It is measured as a percentage and for most people with diabetes, the level should ideally be 7.0% or below. Check with your doctor to find out your individualized targets for blood sugar control.

Stay energized through better management of your blood glucose today!

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