By now you may have noticed you simply dont have the same get-up-and-go like you once had in your youth. In fact, youre probably yawning just reading this (its OK, I wont take offense!)…
Lack of energy is something that seems to plague us all as we become busier with our lives. But there is a fine line between when low energy is a result of being busy, and when its a sign of something more serious.
Fatigue and lack of energy are oftentimes reported as symptoms of what later turns out to be a sobering health concern. If youve been noticing your energy has taken a nosedive of late, here are some illnesses it could be pointing to.
If youve been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may notice youre feeling quite low in energy. There are numerous factors as to why people with diabetes feel tired all the time. For starters, when glucose levels are high, the bodys ability to get sugar from the blood to the cells to meet our energy demand fails, which causes fatigue. Another scenario is when glucose levels become too low, leading to low energy.
If you havent been diagnosed with diabetes and have noticed a change in your energy, see your doctor to check your glucose levels. And if you do have diabetes, make sure youre taking the proper steps for regulating your blood sugar to maximize all-day energy.
2. Chronic fatigue syndrome
If you have some days full of energy and others of low to none, you do not have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). But if your low energy has continued every day for quite some time, its a sign to get yourself checked. CFS often is hard to diagnose because, as I mentioned, fatigue is a common symptom of many other illnesses. If a patient expresses theyre tired all the time, doctors may run alternative tests to determine other causes.
The Mayo Clinic reports theres no known cause of CFS, but theories run from viral infections to psychological stress. Some symptoms of CFS, besides fatigue, are enlarged nymph nodes, sore throat, loss of memory or concentration, moving pain within the joints that do not swell or turn red, headaches, and unrefreshing sleep. There is no cure for CFS, but treatment will help to lessen the symptoms. Antidepressants and sleeping pills may be prescribed to ease the mind, as well as cognitive therapy.
3. Iron deficiency
Most commonly found in women but men are not excluded an iron deficiency can lead to lack of energy and even anemia. Iron deficiency is when the body has a lack of iron or cannot absorb it effectively. Our bodies require iron for important bodily functions; for example, iron helps carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body.
A simple blood test can tell you whether or not youre low in iron. If you suspect lack of iron may be causing your fatigue, you may also be feeling weak, become more prone to infections, and your cognitive function may slow down as well.
From a psychological standpoint, people with depression often experience low energy because depression interrupts sleep. Lack of sleep, in itself, causes long-term fatigue and is tied to depression; insomnia only acerbates the fatigue.
Unfortunately, fatigue and depression seem to work hand in hand, according to European research. In one study, researchers noted that although depression and fatigue are separate, they fuel each other, which keeps a person in a chronically depressive, tired state. Because youre tired and cant do the things you once loved, you become depressed, which in turn causes further lack of sleep, continuing the viscous cycle over and over again.
Because depression is complicated, getting to the root causes will help with treating it and bringing you back to your energetic self.
Dont take lack of energy for granted
In todays hectic world, a lack of energy may seem to be the norm as we take on more tasks and continue to exhaust ourselves. But there comes a point when your low energy is trying to tell you something, and it could be more serious than you think.
Whether youre experiencing low energy daily or sporadically, and have already tried natural means to boost it eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep it may be time to look further into the causes. Dont you want to get back to those things you love?
4 ways youre sabotaging your energy
As you get older, it seems the amount of energy you used to have to get through your day starts to diminish. Sure you may attribute this to aging, but is that really the issue? When it comes to feeling awake and refreshed, age may not be the culprit zapping your energy. In fact, it could be your daily habits that are leaving you groggy and drained. Recognizing those habits and making some changes can put you back on the right track to feeling energized again.
If you want all-day energy, try this…
The colder, shorter days of winter can leave you feeling like you have less get-up-and-go than usual even if youre doing all the right things. Youre clocking eight hours of sleep, eating right, and drinking lots of water to keep you well-hydrated. Getting an extra energy boost is easier than you think.