Tired of Being Tired?  Chronic Fatigue?

If you find yourself being tired all the time, maybe it has something to do with your blood sugar control. In fancier terms, that means your glucose levels, a.k.a. blood sugar, may be fluctuating. You may fell like Chronic Fatigue is setting in.

Glucose, a simple sugar, is essential for life and energy. Glucose enters our circulatory system and gets transported to our cells via the blood, thus ‘blood’ ‘sugar’.

Production of glucose starts with being able to digest the sugars and starches (carbohydrates) as well as the protein in your diet. If you can’t digest carbohydrates or protein adequately, you will not have enough glucose to energize the body and fatigue results.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Every single cell in the body needs glucose for fuel, including our brain! The brain must have a constant source of glucose to run the body’s functions because the cells in the brain cannot make and store their own glucose -unlike other cells in the body. 

When the body’s digestive system is working normally, glucose travels the small intestine to the liver. The glucose then leaves the liver via the blood and the hormone insulin brings the glucose into all the cells in the body, including our brain, for use as fuel. The liver will convert any excess glucose to glycogen, a reserve kept ‘in storage’ to be released when our blood sugar drops.

When blood sugar drops there is not enough glucose getting to the brain. That’s when a back up system takes over. The brain signals the pancreas to release a hormone called glucagon that in turn signals the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol and adrenaline help the liver to convert glycogen back to glucose to raise the blood sugar. (See chart, How the Body Maintains Blood Sugar).  

Difficulties with Blood Sugar Regulation – 4 Common Causes

Blood sugar difficulties usually fall into one of four common causes. 

       1. Difficulty digesting starches and sugar to make glucose

       2. Difficulty making glycogen

       3. Difficulty retrieving glycogen

       4. Difficulty absorbing glucose/insulin resistance 

The first three causes are a fuel supply problem - it’s about getting enough glucose to the cells. The fourth cause is a transportation problem – an inability to get glucose into the cells.

Any one or more of these 4 factors may be causing you to experience symptoms of feeling tired.

If you have to have your morning coffee, or hit the sweets mid-afternoon everyday to “avoid a crash”, these are signs that you are having blood sugar regulation problems. When this happens, low blood sugar falls below the optimal range and hypoglycemia occurs. Symptoms of hypoglycemia, which tend to occur between meals, include irritability, lightheadedness, sugar cravings, poor sleep, memory loss, and fatigue.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these causes as it relates to poor blood sugar regulation and feeling tired.

How the Body Regulates Blood Sugar

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The black lines in the circle indicate the body’s pathways for maintaining normal blood sugar. The red lines indicate the back up pathways when blood sugar falls. Whenever the blood sugar dips, it becomes an emergency for the brain. This is because our brain cells do not make glucose and recruits the hormonal system to make up the difference.

Difficulty Digesting Starches and Sugar to Make Glucose 

Fundamentally normal blood sugar regulation all starts with proper digestion. If we are not digesting our food and absorbing our glucose properly, we simply can’t get adequate levels of glucose to fuel our cells and our brain. 

Difficulty Making Glycogen

A large percentage of people have difficulty making glycogen because they lack adequate levels of cortisol from the adrenal glands or they do not have a useable form of calcium. Did you know that diary does not provide a useable source of calcium for about 60% of folks?  Think of this problem as an empty fuel tank that you cannot fill.

Difficulty Retrieving Glycogen

Other people can make glycogen effectively but are unable to retrieve it from storage in the liver. If the glycogen cannot be converted into glucose, it is useless as a form of energy. Think of it as the fuel line is blocked even thought there is plenty of gas in the tank. 

Sometimes supplementing with activated B6 can help with this problem.

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Difficulty Absorbing Glucose

When the cells cannot absorb the glucose, the fuel can’t get to the cells. This is insulin resistance – and its latter stage partner Diabetes. High levels of sugar in the blood, (because it is not being absorbed) is the beginning of Diabetes. It’s like the fuel tank is full of fuel, the lines are flowing freely but the fuel injectors are clogged and the pistons do not have the fuel to fire.

Trace minerals of Chromium, Vanadium or Zinc may be helpful in opening the door for glucose to enter the cells.

How You Can Restore Blood Sugar Control 

You don’t have to live the rest of your life fatigued. By addressing one of these four causes, we can help you improve your digestion and overcome fatigue and blood sugar problems, such as hypoglycemia. 

Our focus is multidimensional to include the digestive aspects as well as stimulating the neurological and hormonal systems to restore the body’s blood sugar balance. 

If you suffer from the roller coaster ride of being tired all the time, find out how we can help you. Call our Chico California office at the Digestion Relief Center - 530-899-8741 - to set up a consultation with Dr. Patrick. Learn more at www.DigestionReliefCenter.com

Since 1999, Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC has helped thousands Chico, Redding, and Sacramento Valley residents by using a whole-body systems approach to health. He specializes in providing natural relief for food and environmental sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. For more information contact Dr. Patrick Chico office at 530-899-8741 or visit www.DigestionReliefCenter.com 

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