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These three recurring illnesses may indicate excessive blood sugar levels
27 Jan' 21

These three recurring illnesses may indicate excessive blood sugar levels

 

 

Undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes has a telltale symptom.  

  

Diabetes is a long-term illness that can have a variety of consequences for your health. The increase in blood sugar levels can change the way your organs work and make you more vulnerable to a variety of health concerns. Long-term high blood sugar can harm organs and nerves if left untreated. The symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very similar, as are the risks of developing complications. Hyperglycemia can also cause recurrent infections in the body in some situations. It could be an indication of undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes. 

 

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Why does diabetes raise the chance of contracting an infectious disease?  

 

Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to turn sugar into energy because it does not make or use insulin efficiently. It causes a surge in blood sugar levels, which manifests itself in a variety of ways. The body's ability to fight infection is slowed by high blood sugar levels. When pathogens enter the body, they are given an ideal environment in which to multiply and cause infection. Infection bouts are more common when the illness is not handled or recognized. Infections commonly affect the bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin. Three infections that are frequent in diabetes patients are listed below. 

  

Thrush or yeast infections  

 

Thrush is a yeast infection that can affect the armpits, fingers, mouth, and genital area, among other places. The illness causes a white discharge that resembles cottage cheese. Thrush is commonly present around the genitals in men and women with diabetes, causing itching, irritation, pain, and stinging during intercourse or urination. Men may sometimes have trouble drawing back their foreskin due to an unpleasant odor. Thrust is caused by candida, a form of fungus that thrives in warm, damp environments. 

 

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Infections of the Urinary Tract (UTI)  

 

Cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder that is classified as a form of urinary tract infection, is a common complication of diabetes. The presence of air within the bladder wall and lumen characterizes the condition. When you pee, you may experience pain, burning, or stinging. Other signs and symptoms include a constant need to pee and urine that is black, cloudy or has a strong odor. Pain in the lower abdomen is also possible. Mild episodes of UTI go disappear on their own, however, severe cases necessitate medical intervention. 

  

Infections of the feet  

 

Diabetes that is not well treated can cause a foot infection that affects the soft tissue or bone beneath the malleoli. The infection usually starts at the site of skin damage or ulceration. Diabetes mellitus affects 15% to 25% of persons who develop a foot ulcer. Antibiotics can quickly treat moderate to severe infections and wounds. In the case of uncontrolled diabetes, the odds of recurring infection are significant. 

 

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What can you do to avoid getting infected?  

 

To avoid infections, the most important thing you can do is maintain track of your blood sugar levels and take your medications on schedule. The danger of infection is reduced if your blood sugar level is under control. Apart from that, keep your hygiene in check. Because diabetics are more prone to infection, it's best to take preventative measures to avoid infection. To avoid bumps and scratches, wear socks and treat your wound gently. Follow proper toilet hygiene, urinate after sexual intercourse, empty your bladder on a regular basis, and drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent vaginal infection. 

 

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