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Hey guys, I'm a 21 year old college senior. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009 at the age of 19. Its been extremely difficult for me to adjust to diabetes while in college. Although I still have difficult days I'm doing pretty good now. I've been wearing the OmniPod for about 3 months now and its been PHENOMENAL. I just wanted to know if anyone has a solution for or ever spoken to someone about tired a lot. I usually can't get a lot of things done in the day because I'm usually always tired and sleep a lot. Do you think this is linked with being diabetic or should I be concerned with possible another problem?

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Being tired could be a symptom of thryoid problems. Unfortunately, having diabetes is associated with higher rates of thyroid problems. Your endo could run some tests and check.

ps. College can be stressful and you can end being sleep deprived. Recovering may mean getting extra sleep for "a while."
I agree with BSC about the thyroid. That is a common one that causes fatigue. Make sure your doctor runs both Free T4 and Free T3 because you can have a normal TSH with the other 2 being abnormal. Your Free T3 is your energy and that level should test around the top 2/3rds of the lab range. If your BS is running high, then that could cause fatigue but if you are doing fairly good, then that shouldn't cause the fatigue.

One time when I was in college, I was so tired I literally slept for 24 hours straight!
i'm also tired a lot. i'm 28 and work close to 60 hours a week...which is probably like being in thyroids are fine and my blood sugar levels are very stable and steady. i eat a healthy diet. i love veggies and drink lots of water. my iron is also at a normal level. both of my jobs are very active and i am not anywhere close to being overweight. i often wonder if it's the mental aspect of diabetes that makes me so tired some days. just always thinking, always calculating, always planning. my fiance works almost 60 hours a week on his feet as well and is not diabetic and always has energy when he gets home leading me to believe that the culprit is D, mixed with the busy schedule. i've gotten to the point i just deal with it and i try to make sure there are at least 3 nights a week i can get at least 8 hours of sleep, even if that means putting things off until the next day.
Another thing to look at is your Vitamin B and D levels - both can make you tired. Diabetics tend to have low Vitamin D levels. Optimal should be about 50-70.
The thyroid suggestion sounds like a definite possibilty My endo just tosses that on my CBC so they check it all the time.
Hi I am a 20 year old college sophomore and I'm experiencing the same thing as you. It seems like i just can't get enough sleep these days. I will get 9 hours in a night and still feel like I need a nap. I spoke to both my endo and my primary care physician and they had some ideas. I'm not sure whether they are right or not because as of yet I haven't been able to implement their suggestions. My PCP said that maybe it is diet related. He said that maybe I'm not getting enough energy out of my diet. Pretty much that if I'm making poor food choices I'm not giving my body enough of the essential nutrients it needs to function at the level that I want it to and that I'm also probably not getting enough energy from the food I'm eating. The idea that my endo had was that it could be do to blood sugar swings. It reeks havoc on our bodies going from high to low multiple times a day and that it is possible that these swings in blood sugar is the cause of my fatigue. It seems to me that I haven't been eating as well as I should and that I haven't been sticking to a very good sleeping and eating schedule, couple that with being stressed and my blood sugar values have been less than ideal. I hope this helps.




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