Type 2 diabetes means that a person's pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to regulate rising blood sugar levels. Many people do not realize that they are living with the condition because the symptoms do not necessarily make them sick. However, the earlier people notice the warning signs, the better – early intervention prevents the risk of developing more serious health complications such as heart disease. One warning sign is constant fatigue.
Fatigue can be the result of many factors such as stress, strenuous work or disturbed sleep at night.
As a result, it is easy to dismiss the warning sign. [
According to Diabetes.co.uk: "Fatigue is the result of an imbalance between blood glucose levels and the amount or efficacy of circulating insulin.
If a person feels tired during the day even though he has slept well, it can be the result of high or low sugar levels, says the health body.
As the health site explained, "Blood glucose levels go high when there is insufficient insulin or insulin is not working effectively enough.
"In order to provide us with energy, insulin is needed to transport glucose from the blood into our cells to be used for energy.
“When there is insufficient insulin or insulin is not working effectively, it means that our blood sugar cannot enter our cells and therefore our cells do not receive the energy we need. As a result, we feel tired. "
Testing blood sugar levels can determine if fatigue is really the result of high or low sugar levels, noted the charity.
Constant fatigue may be a symptom, but sleep deprivation may also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
A study in mice suggests that losing one night's sleep may affect the liver's ability to produce glucose and process insulin, increasing the risk of metabolic diseases such as hepatic steatosis (fatty liver). ob) and type 2 diabetes, according to findings published in the American Journal of Physiology ̵
Sleep deprivation is associated with eating more, moving less and with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes However, a team of researchers at the Toho University of Medicine in Japan explained: "It was not clear whether glucose intolerance was due to changes in food intake or energy expenditure or to sleep deprivation itself."
The researchers examined two mouse groups: One group kept awake for six hours each night p ( "sleep deprivation"), while the control group was left to sleep as desired. The research team offers unlimited high fat and sugar water foods – mimicking the lifestyle choices people make – to both groups before the study. During the sleep / wake period, the animals had limited physical activity.
Researchers measure glucose levels and fat content in the liver immediately after the test period.
Blood sugar levels are significantly higher in the sleep deprivation group than controls after a six-hour wakefulness session.
Triglyceride (fat) levels and glucose production in the liver also increase in the sleepless group after a single wake-up period.
Elevated liver triglycerides are associated with insulin. resistance or inability of the body to properly process insulin.
In addition, lack of sleep altered the expression of enzymes that regulate liver metabolism in the sleep deprivation group.
These findings suggest that "interventional studies to prevent liver steatosis and insulin resistance caused by sleep deprivation should be performed in the future," the researchers wrote.