Diabetes And Infections – Skin, Gum, Bladder or Yeast Infections
Diabetes and infections are connected. Frequent or recurring infections can show up in various ways in the body. High blood sugar can hinder your body’s ability to fight infection. Diabetes leads to high levels of sugar in your body’s tissues, which allows bacteria to grow and infections to develop more rapidly. This diabetes and infections sign is one of ten type 2 warning signs indicating somebody is diabetic.
Infections are of particular concern for diabetics, since some diabetes-related health issues, such as nerve damage and reduced blood flow to the extremities also increase the body’s vulnerability to infection.
Frequent places that infections strike are your skin, bladder, gums and the vagina (yeast infection) for women and groin (jock itch fungal infection) for men.
The most common yeast that is found in the body is Candida albicans. Yeast overgrowth can occur when the yeasts feed on excessive sugars found in the system due to being diabetic. Yeast infections are problematic enough; but yeast can morph into the fungus form. This invasive fungus form grows tiny hair-like strands that penetrate the lining of the intestine, which allows toxins to leak into your system (leaky gut).
Other common fungal infections are athlete’s foot (affecting the skin between the toes) and ringworm (ring-shaped, itchy, scaly patches or blisters that can appear on groin, feet, abdomen, chest and scalp or nails). Itching, blistering, swelling and dry flaky skin and severe scaling are the common most symptoms of fungal infections.
Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Diabetes can result in heart disease or stroke, but many of us don’t know that it can be a risk factor for a deep infection of the gums called periodontitis. The gums get so inflamed that they can bleed with just a touch. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection; but in addition, high glucose in the saliva promotes the growth of bacteria that cause gum infections; symptom of type ii diabetes. You can see here how close diabetes and infections in our mouth and gums are connected with each other.
Bladder infections can be more frequent and severe in people with diabetes, likely because a depressed immune system makes fighting infection more difficult. Urine typically does not contain bacteria. A bladder infection often begins when bacteria from the digestive tract enters the urinary tract and multiplies. The flow of urine helps to flush bacteria back out of the urinary tract, but diabetes hampers the immune response and allows bacteria to multiply more easily. A strong urge to urinate, burning with urination and strong smelling urine are common symptoms of a bladder infection.
Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or yeast infections can be an indication that your blood sugar may be poorly controlled. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Controlling your blood sugar is the best way to avoid complications of diabetes and infections.
Other type 2 symptoms can include excessive hunger and weight gain, excessive thirst, lots of bathroom breaks, fatigue, slow healing sores or bruises, dry itchy skin, numbness and tingling in hands or feet, and frequent infections.