I had forgotten that you had written before and said you had pre-diabetes and something else after being tested by the doctor. YES, being sleepy can be one of the symptoms. If you are getting a blood sugar of 180, that's much too high. You should be under 100, and under 140 two hours after your meal. That's probably why you're so sleepy. Are you counting your carbs and keeping them lower for each meal? Ask your doctor how many carbs you can have at each meal. Some people here do 35-40 carbs at meals and 10 at snacks. Eating smaller meals, and more of them would be better for you to keep your levels down.
What are you eating each meal? Have you talked to a dietitian?
Okay, Laura, I'm going to give you some strong advice. You say you are heavier. So here goes...this should help.
If POSSIBLE, see if you can get a daytime job. Night shifts can cause havoc on the body. I'd read studies on nurses who work at night. It's not good. You might not be sleeping right or getting enough sleep.
Next, you've got to lose weight, by cutting down calories. I noticed when I shopped at night, the fresh stuff is not out as much at the markets. You have to really look at what you're eating and cut down portions of your meals and the carb levels. Calorie King.Com has different carb levels for different foods, in case you're curious.
A healthy food might be a pineapple or a banana, but for a diabetic, there is too much carbs(sugar) in those fruit. Try melons, berries, or a "small" apple. Dried fruit is OUT. So is orange juice. All those things are considered healthy, as well as the blender juice drinks. It spikes your sugar up higher. Even white potatoes or pizza will do that.
Stick with salads, vegetables, and proteins like eggs, fish, (salmon is good), lean meats, white meat chicken, beans, lentils, nuts, etc.
Cut down on breads, pastas, and rice. If you must eat those, have whole grain or whole wheat, and have only one slice of bread, especially if you want to lose weight. I lost 38 lbs., just cutting down on things.
You MUST exercise every day if you can. If you can get this weight off, your blood sugar numbers will most likely go down, too, and you will feel less depressed and healthier. Exercise raises the "happy" endorphins in your body and makes you feel good. High blood sugar can cause you to feel really badly.
So, your assignment for the week, Laura, is to research diabetes and find out about the disease a little, and to start reading labels at the supermarket. Try to get some walking in every day. You don't have to do everything at once. Just look up a little every day.
I know you can do it! It will make you feel so much better. Trust me on this. Now that I exercise every day, except on Sundays, I feel so great. I hardly ever get down. Do you have a gym nearby? Do you like to dance? Do you swim? Do you have friends to walk with? Do you like to bike ride?
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