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I feel tired and sleepy after eating sweets and carbohydrates but don't have diabetes. Can I take metformin after eating them to give energy?

I feel tired and sleepy after eating sweets and carbohydrates but don't have diabetes. Can I take metformin after eating them to give energy?

Reactive hypoglycemi: When some people eat carbohydrates, especially concentrated sweets, they develop reactive hypoglycemia as their body releases insulin which is physiologically normal to regulate their blood sugar. However instead of reaching a normal blood sugar, the insulin causes it to drop below normal. This hypoglycemia may cause lightheadedness, shakes, fatigue or weakness. Avoiding sweets helps. ...Read more

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What are the signs of diabetes weight gain, dizziness, oder in urine, feel tired and out of energy all the time. Sleepy after eating.

What are the signs of diabetes weight gain, dizziness, oder in urine, feel tired and out of energy all the time. Sleepy after eating.

Insulin excess: You have signs of Insulin resistance, a preamble to diabetes in most people. Once diabetes sets in, you will start losing weight abnormally, not gaining. There is a good chance that with diet, exercise and weight loss, you can buy yourself some time, lower levels of insulin, lose weight and avoid diabetes. Please see your doctor and nutritionist. ...Read more

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Why is it that I feel so sleepy after eating sometimes?

Why is it that I feel so sleepy after eating sometimes?

Depends on the food: If you eat lots of carbohydrates, or "white foods" which affect the Insulin system, you may have postprandial hypoglycemia. Turkey with high levels of seratonin is often a thansgiving culprit. Your situation is common, and not an area of concern, but review your food experiences, as you will find some provocateurs and some non-sleep inducers. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel sleepy and tired after eating at any time of the day?

Is it normal to feel sleepy and tired after eating at any time of the day?

Common, not normal: This is a fairly common experience, especially among people with diabetes, or whose bodies are starting to struggle to maintain stable sugar levels throughout the day. Keep a log of when you feel this way, and what you've eaten in the 2 hours just before that. Many people find that eating fewer carbs (sugars/starches) or walking after eating help them avoid feeling this way. ...Read more

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Why I am feeling sleepy and drawsy immediately after eating mostly in the evening?

Why I am feeling sleepy and drawsy immediately after eating mostly in the evening?

Lack of sleep?: Some sleepiness after a large meal is common, and probably related to hormonal and brain mechanisms where fullness and sleep cycles are regulated. Excessive/increased sleepiness at any time may suggest a problem with not enough or poor quality sleep. Other medical conditions like low thyroid can also contribute. Talk with your dr about your sleep and general health screening. ...Read more

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Why do I get very sleepy after eating?

Why do I get very sleepy after eating?

It depends. ..: Carbohydrates require more energy to digest, so a person may feel tired after eating them. That is why it is better to emphasize proteins for lunch to help avoid the mid-afternoon "blahs". ...Read more

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After eating sweets I feel sleepy and my BP was 96 over 60?

After eating sweets I feel sleepy and my BP was 96 over 60?

Sweet dreams: Eating a lot of sugars, or any simple carbohydrate, transiently raises you bloods ph, which causes mild sedation. Eating large meals shunts blood to the stomach which can make you feel tired as well. ...Read more

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What biochemical process makes us feel sleepy after eating lunch?

What biochemical process makes us feel sleepy after eating lunch?

Sleepy after meal: Food in intestine triggers the Parasympathetic nervous system which tells our body to slow down & focus on digesting the food. Brain cells found in the Hypothalamus in the brain, called Orexin, neurons, produce the protein Orexin which regulates wakefulness. Also, Insulin from the pancreas causes increase Melatonin & Serotonin production, hence drowsiness. ...Read more

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Is it normal to always feel super sleepy after eating? Should there be a concern?

Is it normal to always feel super sleepy after eating? Should there be a concern?

Well, . ..: Feeling a little tired after eating a heavy meal is perfectly normal. However, if you feel like having a nap after most meals there could be some underlying health problem that needs addressing. Excessive secretion of insulin, which is the body's way of trying to balance blood sugar levels, causes tryptophan to move into the brain, where it is metabolised into serotonin and melatonin. These neurotransmitters have a calming effect and help regulate sleep. ...Read more

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Yawning all day, sleepiness after eating. Sugal level is normal?

Sugar level rise: Sugar levels normally rise and then fall after eating, depending on what you eat, how much, and when you check the blood. Sleepy after a large meal is also normal, the blood is diverted to the stomach and GI tract to digest all the food you ate! But that would not cause the yawning all day. Yawning is a differest story, It's a respiratory system mechanism to get a "pick me up" on extra oxygen. ...Read more

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Constant bad digestion, tired and sleepy after eating. What can I do?

Get blood work: You should see your primary care doctor. Some illnesses such as diabetes and other problems should be ruled out. For digestion issues you can start by taking reflux medication but see your doctor for other symptoms ...Read more

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I am often cold and tingling. I'm always sleepy, and have trouble staying alert. Does that sound like diabetes?

I am often cold and tingling. I'm always sleepy, and have trouble staying alert. Does that sound like diabetes?

See your GP: First see you gp. After evaluation he may need to refer you to some specialist. Your symptoms do not necessarily mean diabetes. ...Read more

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Always tired, sleepy. Poor appetite. Thinking n't organized & hard to concentrate. Very slow actvty. No diabetes. How to know what's really wrong?

Always tired, sleepy. Poor appetite. Thinking n't organized & hard to concentrate. Very slow actvty. No diabetes. How to know what's really wrong?

Talk to doctor: There are many probable causes of your problem. It could be psychological or it may be other diseases like thyroid problem. Talk to your doctor and he/she may run tests if necessary, but the doctor who knows you well can get to the bottom of it all. ...Read more

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Once I eat pasta or chocolate or something that is don with a lot of oil, I suddenly feel tiered and sleepy!? Any explanation? My dad have diabetes

Check sugar: Yes you might need to have your sugar checked, after you finish eating, and start felling sleepy.
there is some condition when a patient sugar suddenly drop after a heavy meal, or high carb or sugar food.
see a doctor. ...Read more

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I feel extremely sleepy after lunch. My father and uncle have diabetes and my grandfather had diabetes. Any connection? Please help. I'm worried. 18yr

Sleepy: Fatigue post eating can definitely be a signal of blood sugar and Insulin issues. I would have your physician check your blood for fasting blood sugar and Insulin and then 2 hour post prandial (after 80 grams sugar) blood sugar and Insulin levels. I would also check triglycerides and vldl levels. This combination will usually pick up early issues. ...Read more

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My wife has diabetes lately she has be feeling tired and sleepy?

My wife has diabetes lately she has be feeling tired and sleepy?

Too many things....: High blood sugar, anemia, hypo or hyperthyroid, heart disease, lung disease, sleep disorders, anxiety, infection, inflammatory disease. You have given us too few symptoms to narrow this down. She needs a good history and exam and a few labs to help narrow this down. ...Read more

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Once I eat pasta or chocolate or something that is don with a lot of oil, I suddenly feel tiered and sleepy!? Is that diabetes?

Once I eat pasta or chocolate or something that is don with a lot of oil, I suddenly feel tiered and sleepy!? Is that diabetes?

Diabetes?: The only way you will know if you have diabetes is to see your doctor and have your blood sugar measured.
Very likely to be OK and you can relax.
If you are found to have diabetes the management is worrying as you start but gets under control fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could having diabetes, UTI and BV make you really sleepy?

Please tell me, could having diabetes, UTI and BV make you really sleepy?

The diabetes: Is more likely to be causing you to feel sleepy. When your body is fighting an infection - your blood sugars can go out of whack. Have you checked your blood sugars? ...Read more

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Is it normal to get kind of sleepy after big meals? This is happening to me more often, but I'm concerned because my mom has type II diabetes.

Is it normal to get kind of sleepy after big meals? This is happening to me more often, but I'm concerned because my mom has type II diabetes.

Definately normal: After a big meal all the blood goes to your stomach so it's normal to feel a little tired...also depending on what you eat you may tend to feel more or less tired. Typically a diet high in fats and carbohydrates takes a little more energy to digest so you may tend to feel more tired. ...Read more

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Symptoms of diabetes in athlete? 17. super sleepy even if I have a full meal after exercise, bounding pulse, higher hr with exertion than usual.

Symptoms of diabetes in athlete? 17. super sleepy even if I have a full meal after exercise, bounding pulse, higher hr with exertion than usual.

Diabetes Sx?: 18 F notes:
Symptoms of diabetes in athlete? 17. super sleepy even if I have a full meal after exercise, bounding pulse, higher hr with exertion than usual. ANS: These are not symptoms of diabetes. Keep a diary of this and discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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