Can Diabetes Cause Infections?

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Yeast, Diabetes, And Sex

Vaginal yeast infections are annoying, not dangerous, but they can seriously hamper your sex life, especially if you have diabetes. What’s the connection, and what can you do to prevent and treat yeast infections? According to Chris Illiades, MD, on the website Everyday Health, “Normally, Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infection, lives in balance with the other microorganisms in your body…. But anything that upsets this normal balance can lead to an overgrowth of yeast and can cause a yeast infection.” Diabetes is one of the things that can upset the normal balance because yeast love to eat sugar, especially glucose. In fact, they help make beer by eating sugar and turning it into alcohol, and they are crucial in bread-making because after eating sugar, they produce a gas that makes dough rise. When there’s extra sugar in your blood, there is likely to be more in your vagina and other tissues, so yeast grow better there. Yeast irritating the inside of your vagina is called “vaginitis.” In the tissues around the vagina – the vulva – such irritation is called “vulvitis.” Both are far more common in women with diabetes. There are many causes of ye Continue reading >>

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  1. Igotdiabetus

    I've been a T1 for more than 13 years, and I feel like my memory is getting worse. I'm constantly forgetting where I placed certain items like my phone, pager, keys, etc...; I'm ALWAYS forgetting shit that my girlfriend tells me, and it understandably makes her frustrated; but, I don't know if these things are more related to working 50+ hours a week in a high-stress environment, or from the frequent lows I've had throughout my life as a T1 diabetic. Has anyone else experienced an increase in memory problems after years with the disease?
    EDIT: Control has been good, with A1c numbers under 7%, and never over 8% since I was diagnosed, for the huge majority of my endo visits. I do get a few lows per week, which I can feel and treat before they become a problem.

  2. bekilledoff

    I had a period of time with the exact same fears. After 15 years (at the time) of well controlled T1 (6-7 A1c) I noticed that my brain just didn't seem to be as good anymore... Were all those low blood sugars coming back to haunt me?
    Then I decided to wait until I was done with night school and my kids got a little older (I.E., Less stress and more sleep) and wouldn't you know it, my brain got better.
    Same cycle happened again after the last kid. Sleep deprivation and stress and anxiety can have a big impact. Chronic low blood sugars may have a permanent impact but the former issues are more likely the culprits

  3. Meneither8

    How is your blood sugar control? Uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage, including those in the brain. This can cause memory loss and increased risk for dementia.

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