4 Reasons You May Be Fatigued

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on March 29 2018

Feeling sluggish and fatigued can wreck havoc on your lifestyle. When you’re lacking the energy to get through a few hours without wanting to take a nap, your days may feel a lot longer than necessary. While sometimes our fatigue is a result of being overworked and under-rested, there are four very serious reasons why you may feel as if your energy has been sapped from you. 

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  1. Believe it or not, a lot of people aren’t even aware that they have diabetes, but one of the telltale signs is constant fatigue resulting from your body’s inability to use glucose properly. Since glucose is the sugar that keeps your body going, it makes it hard to function when your body is having trouble operating it properly, especially those with type 2 diabetes. If you find that you are tired for a long period of time for no apparent reason, it might be time to take a trip to the doctor for a diabetes test.

  2. Thyroid disease. Directly associated with your metabolism, the thyroid’s job is to produce the hormones that regulate your body’s ability to convert food into fuel. If the thyroid releases too much of this hormone, you could have hyperthyroidism, which speeds up the metabolism. Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is when your body is producing too little of that hormone, causing your metabolism to slow down. These out of whack hormones can lead to fatigue.

  3. This condition is caused by the lack of red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and cells, leaving you feeling tired and out of sorts. There are several underlying issues that may trigger you to have anemia, including rheumatoid arthritis, kidney failure, cancer, internal bleeding, blood loss or vitamin deficiency. Women of childbearing age are often victims of anemia due to the blood loss associated with menstruation, and the body’s need for additional iron as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  4. While depression is known for taking a toll on our emotions, it is also responsible for fatigue caused by the body’s changed sleep patterns, appetite and feelings of hopelessness. There is no blood test to diagnose this common condition; however, your doctor can narrow it down by asking you about how often you have symptoms associated with the condition, including sad or anxious thoughts, a change in appetite and feelings of emptiness.

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