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Extremely sleepy after meals. What could it be?
nmchica1 posted:

I have noticed that when I eat, I go from being alert, awake, able to think/ extremely tired (can barely keep my eyes open or function), foggy, can't focus or concentrate, and mildly's so drastic, it's like a switch goes off. The only exceptions seem to be eggs and fruit (I do not eat meat). I will purposely avoid breakfast in the mornings b/c it just ruins the rest of the day. I only recently realized this may not be normal and am wondering what is wrong.

I've found articles online about glucose intolerance which seems to fit, however, I am under the impression that you must be overweight or even obese to have this condition. I am very thin and both my parents are very thin. My grandmother has diabetes and was very thin when she was young as well, but is now overweight.

Is obesity a necessity to be diagnosed with this condition and if so, what else could possibly be going on? It's very incapacitating....

Thanks in advance for any advice!
phototaker responded:
Hello, NMchica1! I think you are wise to be concerned, since you have diabetes in your family.

Yes, you can be thin and have diabetes. We have people on this blog who were thin when diagnosed. Some of your symptoms reminded me of myself when my blood sugars were higher, especially after eating a high carb meal.

I suggest you go to see a doctor and have a fasting blood glucose taken. You can also ask for an A1C, too. They usually do this after two fasting blood glucose tests. Be sure to mention that your grandmother is diabetic and was thin when diagnosed.

Call the doctor tomorrow and make an appt. If it's not diabetes, it might be something else, thyroid, etc.

Good luck and let us know what the doctor says.
krhudson responded:
hi mnchica, I agree with Photo. Go see the Dr. and tell him/her about the family history of Diabetes and that you get extreemly tired after meals. The first Lab will be a fasting blood sugar and you could request and see if they will give you the A1C which gives a 90 day average of your blood sugars.

Obesity does not have to exist to be type 1 or 2 Diabetic.

Very important to get an appointment. Not sure what you do for excersise but if you do lean Diabetic sometimes just excersise and getting off white fluffy carbs and go to baby red potatoes and veggies, nuts and Low sugar yogart will do the trick and of course salad is real good. Limit the fruit a little since some of that will spike blood sugars. Try to get some form of protein in the diet to offset and work with the carbs as you metabolize food and control your portions.

Add a veggie sausage by morning star for breakfast and go light on oj.

Let us know what happens.

auriga1 responded:
As the others have stated, no, you do not need to be obese to be diagnosed with diabetes. I stand 5'9" tall and weighed 123 when diagnosed with diabetes. I was immediately put on insulin because that was the only thing that could bring my sugars down immediately. My fasting numbers in the morning were in the 250's, and would spike into the 400's two hours after a meal, most likely higher than that right after a meal.

Yes, I was overwhelming tired and would sleep for hours at a time during the day, despite getting a good night's sleep. I do know it can be very incapacitating.

My mother was underweight and also a Type 2 insulin-dependent diabetic. They say Type 2 because because she was in her early 50's when diagnosed. I had pre-diabetes at the age of 39 and didn't do anything about it, because I had no weight issues.

Call your doctor and get an appointment. You need to tell your doctor about the diabetic history running through your family.

Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
ziggyrf responded:
I am not sure the responses below address your symptoms. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for several years and have had similar occurrences on and off of sudden sleepiness. Like nmchica1 I get them mostly right after eating, but when my glucose management was most out of control I would actually get this sleepiness in anticipation of eating. These feelings also never coincided with high glucose levels. I have had every test imaginable both with diabetic specialist, my general practioner and a gastrointestinal specialist, and none have been able to pinpoint the problem. The only thing I can think off is some kind of hormone secretion triggered by food (or expectation thereof) which may have a glocuse lowering effect while also causing sleepiness. Perhaps melatonin which is connected both the gastrointestinal and pancreatic activity, van be glucose lowering and inducive of sleep.
davedsel57 replied to ziggyrf's response:
Hello, ziggyyrf.

I'm sure you realize this discussion is a year old. I don't think the original poster has been back since.

Have you seen a sleep management specialist? Perhaps you have some type of sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea and are not getting enough sleep at night. It may be worth checking into if you have not gone that route.
Blessings, Dave
brunosbud responded:
Getting sleepy after eating is a common circulatory phenomenon. Blood flow diverts to the digestive tract since digestion is a very energy intensive physiological activity...

Digestion means less blood to the brain...Nighty-night.

Then are many, many disease/conditions that can exacerbate lack of circulation to the extremities...head and toes.

Parkinson's, MS, cardiovascular disease come quickly to mind.

Some people have to eat, prone, with legs slightly elevated to avoid blackouts.

Exercise can help resolve many circulatory issues...

Simply taking a brief 5 min walk (or chair squats) just before (and after) meals will do wonders for every body, regardless of condition or fitness level.

Try it and see for yourself.

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