Dr V Mohan | 01-June-2014

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Dr V Mohan,
Chairman and Chief Diabetologist,
Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre &
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai

I’m 50 years old and have diabetes for the last 15 years. I take insulin every day in the morning.  But, even after taking medicines and insulin continuously, I feel very tired. How can I get rid of this? Please give me an appropriate advice

Mahesh Sen, Calcutta

You have mentioned that you have diabetes of 15 years duration and that you are taking insulin daily in the morning. But you have not mentioned about your blood sugars.  High blood sugars can make you tired. Also if the blood sugar goes down at a particular time, you can get tiredness due to hypoglycemia (low sugar). So it is very important to keep the sugar under good control. There could be other causes for tiredness like associated illnesses which can make you tired. You should consult a doctor and keep your sugar under good control.

Causes of Hypoglycemia

In people with diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) develops when there is not enough sugar (glucose) in your body to be used as fuel for cells. A number of different factors can cause hypoglycemia, including certain medications and diet. Certain medical conditions can also make hypoglycemia more common in people with diabetes.


Most people feel symptoms of hypoglycemia when their blood sugar is 70 mg/dL or lower.Each person with diabetes may have different symptoms of hypoglycemia. You will learn to recognize yours.

Early symptoms

Confusion , Dizziness , Feeling shaky ,Hunge,Headaches,Irritability,Pounding heart; racing pulse,Pale skin,Sweating,Trembling,Weakness,Anxiety

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