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Mon Jul 30 15:30:07 EDT 2012

I took shots when i was a child and didnt seem to have to many problems. I was in my thirtys and was diagnosed with diabetes.
Asked By: meurt001  
Category: Type 1
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I was very active in sports. I was told hat because i was so active my diabetes went dorment. My dr which i have only been seeing since 2000 says i have to be type 2. I am insulin dependent and have to take 2 to 3 shots a day 85 units of 70/30. If i dont take my insulin my sugar does not come down no matter what i do. I had chronic fatigue around thirty years old. Could that have triggered my type 1 diabetes?
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2012-08-10 19:44:30.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Fatigue is one of the most common diabetes symptom. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. In most people with type 1 diabetes, their body's own immune system, which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses, mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Diabetes can contribute to fatigue with high or low blood glucose (sugar) levels. High blood glucose (BG) "thickens" blood, slowing circulation so that cells cannot get the oxygen and nutrients needed.

Low BG levels also cause fatigue. When it is low, there is not enough fuel for the cells to work well.

Be sure to maintain a healthy weight, eat healthfully, exercise regularly, control BG, get plenty of restful sleep, and participate in stress management(such as yoga, meditation, or relaxation program). These lifestyle strategies would benefit everyone!

Read about blood glucose management!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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