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11/24/15 9:43 P

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I read one doctor's article (or watched a video) about that. He got metabolic syndrome and started gaining weight and having problems with insulin resistance. I don't remember what he did to treat it, but turned everything around. I had forgotten about that until you mentioned it.

Stress has gotten to me lately, too, and I have a lot of problem with sleeping through the night and with my eating. I do manage to sleep a lot during the day, unfortunately. I am thinking I also have an ulcer and not sure what to do with that and the diabetes. I would like to just get a good night's sleep and not be sleeping during the day.



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DHH0306 Posts: 35
11/24/15 10:49 A

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I agree wholeheartedly that diabetes os a complex disease with many causative factors. Unfortunately there is a tendency to point to one or two things. One issue is being overweight/overfat. Yes, this is a risk factor that can't be ignored. It causes insulin resistence. However, 17 out of 100 Type Two diabetics are normal or underweight. Clearly not all cases are related to body fat. I became Type II at normal weight. However, both parents were Type Two as were 50% of my grandparents and aunts/uncles. I am a firm believer that stress is an enormous issue. With stress comes increased cortisol that elevates blood sugar in all people but is especially problematic for diabetics. Sleep is restorative and very important as a risk factor. I have never had sleep problems. My. Head hits the pillow and I sleep undisturbed and always have. Clearly the cause of diabetes is very complex and varies among people. The more important issue is what l do now to manage my BG, not what caused it.

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11/23/15 7:52 P

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There is a new trend in the wind... some doctors now believe that you don't get diabetes because you're fat: you get fat because you're diabetic~ apparently the weight gain could be a defense mechanism against an abnormally high blood glucose level! I like the idea! LOL

A lot of oral meds do that, taking excess sugar and storing it as fat. Makes a lot of sense to me. It is, after all, one of insulin's functions too...

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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11/11/15 8:24 P

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Kathy, that is true that it can't cause the diabetes in everyone. There are so many people who will put the cause of something as just one thing all the time (including doctors). Mostly they say that the only reason someone gets diabetes is they are too fat. They don't consider other things that will predispose someone to a disease like stress, lack of sleep, genetics, drugs, etc. So I really had four things to get me into that area: genetics, stress, lack of sleep and weight. Unfortunately, all four of those keep me in the poor health area and right now it isn't helping that my IBS won't allow me to eat anything but potatoes and bread. I am wondering about some cream of chicken soup.

I think I am getting enough sleep total, but it isn't all at one time. It is broken up to 2-5 hour time periods. I don't know how that works out with things.

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11/11/15 9:35 A

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I went looking again after this thread was started...The way I understand it, from what I've been reading, is that it can increase the risk for diabetes, but you have to have other risk factors too, like the genetic markers, dietary reactions, life style, etc. If a lack of sleep caused diabetes all by itself, just about every one I know would be diabetic! LOL

You know, stress of ANY kind is a huge factor in our blood sugar, especially as diabetics, and lack of sleep is a huge stressor. It depletes our immune system in so many ways... and lack of sleep doesn't allow our body time to replace damaged/dying cells the way it's intended to. The deeper levels of sleep are when we heal.

I've been having some issues with my sleep too, and went to my neurology sleep specialist, and based on a data download, she wanted to raise the pressure on my APAP--but when I took it in to get it reset, it turns out it isn't working right, and changes pressure-- randomly going too low so I quit breathing!

It does make me realize there's another reason my blood sugar has been wacky the last few months...! LOL
A new machine is on order...

Thanks, FANCYQTR, for the reminder!
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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11/9/15 12:47 P

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I have been reading lately that not getting enough sleep can cause diabetes. I know that previously I read things about lack of sleep causing other problems and people who work shift work or night work were more prone to getting health problems than others. I am wondering how much my last job had to do with my health problems since it wasn't even shift work. It just depended on the day and where we were working whether we worked days, evenings, or late night/early morning. There were times I worked one night, had a day rest, then worked all day. after a few years of that I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

I agree with Kathy on finding out the cause for your insomnia considering the recent research.



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11/9/15 2:16 A

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You may indeed have sleep apnea, but I don't believe there is a cause and effect between diabetes and sleep issues. Having said that, definitely talk to your doctor about this; lack of sleep is a serious problem and it CAN affect your diabetes, blood pressure, all kinds of things.

My neurologist/sleep specialist, after extensive questions about sleep habits and other medical history, tells me I've most likely had sleep apnea since I was a child. I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 38...

Get it checked, because if that's what it is and not just stress, treatment is easy and ignoring the symptoms could possibly put you in a higher risk category for things like heart attacks or strokes...
It's better to know and be able to do something about it than wonder and worry.
That WILL drive your blood sugar up!
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
10/30/15 10:51 A

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I take blood pressure medicine but not diabetes medicine. Maybe I need more exercise. During warm weather I was going for a walk almost everyday but now that the weather has changed here I haven't been taking my walks.

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I don't think sleep is an issue with diabetes medicine.

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10/29/15 2:29 P

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I never thought of either the diabetes or blood pressure meds causing that problem, but I have trouble sleeping at night, then fall asleep in the middle of the day. I might be totally sleepy and the second I hit the sack I am wide awake. I also wake up a few times during the night and that will keep me awake for about a half hour after unless it is around 5:30 or later in the morning. I try to take my BP med first thing in the morning, but if I forget I won't take it after 1. Otherwise I'm afraid of having too much in my system at one time when I take it the next morning.



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10/29/15 11:05 A

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Its rare that I fall asleep quickly when I go to bed and then I wake up several times during the night. There have been a few nights recently that I have been awake all night and haven't gone to sleep until 6:30 or 7 am. I do take blood pressure meds but I take them about 11 am everyday. I could try to take that earlier. My mind races all night like I have had a lot of caffeine but I haven't.

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10/29/15 7:54 A

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Are you on Blood Pressure Meds ???
If so, take them in the morning as if taken in the evening, will cause you to have sleepless nights !

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10/29/15 4:57 A

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I don't experience insomnia but I do experience dawn phenomenon, whereby my blood sugar goes up early in the morning and is higher than expected upon awakening. I don't know, perhaps something like this may impact your sleep.

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10/29/15 4:10 A

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Does anyone else have insomnia? It's 4 a.m. and I can't sleep again. Does diabetes cause sleep issues?

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