Diabetes Complications

Chronic fatigue is a common condition found amongst individuals with diabetes. It is especially disabling, as it interferes with a person’s ability to live a normal and productive life.

High blood sugar levels, either from a lack of the insulin hormone or from insulin resistance, affect the body’s ability to transport glucose from blood into cells, to then be transformed into cellular energy. Cellular energy is essential in the performance of all bodily functions.

Sudden and intense fatigue is a classic diabetic symptom, but both types of blood sugars, either too high or too low, cause symptoms such as excessive tiredness.

Studies have shown chronic fatigue to be common in patients with type 1 diabetes, but it has not yet been found to be linked to hyperglycemia or glucose variability. Patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue have experienced severe fatigue for a period of at least six months.


Gastrointestinal (GI) problems or Gastrointestinal disorders, are significantly common in patients who suffer from diabetes type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Long standing diabetes and poor blood sugar control can cause damaging effects to the autonomic nerves of the gastrointestinaI (GI) tract resulting in abnormal motility that causes common uncomfortable symptoms and complications that have become more frequent as the rate of diabetes has increased.

Some of those complications include gastroparesis, intestinal enteropathy, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These, bring about many symptoms that can make a diabetic’s day to day life unpleasant and even painful.

Abnormal motility of the GI tract can lead to heartburn, reflux, which is backup of stomach contents into the esophagus, nausea, abdominal bloating, reduced appetite, excessive vomiting in severe cases, diarrhea and weight loss.


Patients with diabetes have an increased chance of developing heart disease and are at greater risk of suffering from stroke and heart attack.

The most common cause of death in adults with diabetes is related to heart disease. 68% of adults after age 65 that have diabetes die from some form of heart disease and 16% die from stroke. While these statistics may seem grim, there are ways to protect yourself from developing heart disease.

By taking steps to manage your blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, obesity and increasing your physical activity, you will have a better chance of avoiding heart disease and stroke. Of course, abstaining from harmful activities such as smoking and excessive drinking are to your benefit as well.