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Fatigue and Irritability: Could it be Type 2 Diabetes?

We all feel tired and moody sometimes, but symptoms, like fatigue and mood swings, can also be important indicators of a potentially serious underlying medical condition, like Type 2 diabetes. If you still feel worn out after a good rest and have other indicators of diabetes, like weight concerns, you might be surprised to learn Type 2 diabetes could be the cause of your fatigue.

The good news is there’s a lot you can do to mitigate the symptoms of diabetes through lifestyle changes. At Morris Medical Center of Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida, Dareld R. Morris II, DO can diagnose your condition. Dr. Morris can also recommend treatments, therapies, and lifestyle changes that can have you feeling full of energy and optimism again.

Blood sugar, energy, and mood

When you have diabetes, your body struggles to correctly process the simple sugars in your food that give you your energy. Your pancreas produces insulin, which allows your body to break down and use food-based glucose. Your blood sugar levels should remain within a specific range to fully power your body and mind throughout the day.

One of the first places where you might notice blood sugar issues could be your energy levels or mood. If your energy drops suddenly, or if you start struggling with fatigue that doesn’t get better after appropriate rest and relaxation, diabetes might be the source of the problem. 

High and low blood sugar can both present with fatigue as a symptom. The American Diabetes Association notes that fatigue shows up as a symptom for 61% of patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Your blood sugar levels can also dramatically impact your mood. People dealing with uncontrolled diabetes can experience mood swings as a symptom, suddenly bottoming out emotionally for no clear reason

What you can do

While Type 1 diabetes is typically genetic, you can develop Type 2 diabetes over time. However, you can also do a lot to get Type 2 diabetes under control. Once you’ve got your diagnosis, you can get started putting together a plan for lifestyle changes, like healthier food choices and regular exercise.

Getting healthy and losing weight can reduce or reverse the problems caused by Type 2 diabetes. Your weight can also impact your energy levels more broadly. Many people find weight loss comes with a new rush of energy, optimizing physical health for less fatigue and weariness.

At Morris Medical Center, we can diagnose your Type 2 diabetes, and recommend any medications or treatments that might be helpful for your condition. Without treatment, diabetes can become medically serious, potentially leading to heart disease or neuropathy. If you can control your diabetes, you can finally resolve symptoms like fatigue, irritability, mood swings, and low energy for good.

To talk to a member of our team about your diabetes symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, contact Morris Medical Center right away. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment over the phone, or by using the online booking tool.

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