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Feeling Fatigued and Weak? It Could Be a Sign of Type 2 Diabetes

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When your muscles feel tired and weak, it can simply mean you’ve overdone things that day. But if you haven’t been especially active – and your fatigue and muscle weakness continue – your symptoms may be a sign of Type 2 diabetes.

A persistent tired-all-over feeling is often one of the first symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Such fatigue is one of the hallmarks of the condition and occurs because of the body’s inability to properly use glucose (sugar) to fuel its cells. Other early signs of diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet, which is caused by diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy – which is a type of nerve damage resulting from chronically high blood sugar levels – is the source of muscle weakness related to diabetes.

If you’re experiencing chronic fatigue and weakness, make an appointment with your doctor ASAP. For patients already diagnosed with diabetes who are experiencing signs of neuropathy, talk with your physician; it’s important to keep blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.

Strict blood sugar control, combined with regular exercise and weight control, limits the damage high blood glucose can cause to nerves. Exercise offers the added benefit of toning and strengthening muscles that may be weakened by decreasing nerve activity.

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