Diabetes Forecast

Chronic Fatigue Found Often in Type 1

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Fatigue appears to affect many people with type 1 diabetes, according to new findings. Researchers asked 214 participants with type 1 to chronicle their energy levels in a fatigue diary for five days, while wearing a continuous glucose monitor. Four out of 10 participants with type 1 reported chronic fatigue. Among people without diabetes, fewer than 1 in 10 were found to have this lack of energy. Fatigue in people with diabetes was associated with insomnia, physical inactivity, and depression as well as a lower risk for hypoglycemia, suggesting a link between hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and fatigue. Improved blood glucose control, mental health treatment, and regular exercise may help combat fatigue.
Source: Diabetes Care, January 2014



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