Preventing Diabetes Complications
Infection and Diabetes
Diabetes can slow down your body's ability to fight infection. High blood glucose leads to high levels of sugar in your body's tissues. When this happens, bacteria grow and infections can develop more quickly. Common sites of infection are your bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin. Early treatment of infections can prevent more serious complications.
For more detail, see WebMD's article Diabetes and Infection.
Dental Problems in Diabetes
People with diabetes face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems because of poorly controlled blood sugars. The more uncontrolled the blood sugar, the more likely oral health problems will arise. This is because uncontrolled diabetes impairs white blood cells, which are the body's main defense against bacterial infections that can occur in the mouth. Be sure to see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to prevent serious dental problems.
For more detail, see WebMD's article Dental Care and Diabetes.