How often do you wake up exhausted? Or do you often experience your energy being completely drained out without having done much? If constant fatigue and tiredness have become a part of your life, despite getting enough sleep, you could be at risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes. Fatigue, which is one of the telling characteristics of the disease, sprouts from dehydration and kidney problems.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition—affecting a large number of adults—in the present day scenario. “With type 2 diabetes, poor blood sugar control typically results in hyperglycemia or high blood sugar, which can cause fatigue among other symptoms,” said Dr. Sonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Centre at the University Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Best identified as a condition where an individual’s pancreas doesn’t function well enough to produce adequate insulin, diabetics often suffer from fluctuating blood sugar levels that keep rising. If left untreated, serious consequences like heart attack and strokes may occur. Timely measures are known to reduce the impact of the health condition.

Lifestyle diseases like diabetes and obesity have become commonplace among today’s young working adults. While it’s normal to overlook the red-flags and get on with a routine; individuals could be putting themselves at greater risk if they continue to turn a blind eye towards persisting symptoms.

Type 2 diabetes, when unchecked over a due course of time, can manifest into bigger chronic issues in the kidneys, heart, and liver. “Abnormalities in these organs can also cause fatigue,” said Dr. Sonszein. Switching to a healthy lifestyle is the answer.

Scientifically, Type 2 diabetes is a complex health condition that is associated with a host of other chronic issues including obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.

If you’re working hard, for hours on end, without getting adequately hydrated, you are putting your body at the deadliest health risk. Aside from physical symptoms, one also needs to pay heed to the fact that mental health also plays a large role. Conditions like depression, mood swings and anxiety are known to fuel feelings of “low energy.”

TYPE 2 DIABETES Women run on treadmills at a fitness gym in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 25, 2012. ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages