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Diabetes And Infection: How To Spot The Signs

Diabetes can slow down your body's ability to fight infection. The high sugar levels in your blood and tissues allow bacteria to grow and help infections develop more quickly. Common sites for these problems are your bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin. Early treatment can prevent more serious issues later on. What to Look For Most infections in people with diabetes can be treated. But you have to be able to spot the symptoms. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following: Fever over 101 F Pain, tenderness, redness, or swelling Wound or cut that won't heal Red, warm, or draining sore Sore throat, scratchy throat, or pain when you swallow Sinus drainage, nasal congestion, headaches, or tenderness along upper cheekbones White patches in your mouth or on your tongue Flu-like symptoms (chills, aches, headache, or fatigue) or generally feeling "lousy" Painful or frequent peeing or a constant urge to go Bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling pee *CGM-based treatment requires fingersticks for calibration, if patient is taking acetaminophen, or if symptoms/expectations do not match CGM readings, and if not performed, may result in hypoglycemia. Please see important ris Continue reading >>

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  1. MeegieD

    GD and Metformin....

    Hi guys, I'm 19 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with GD at 14 weeks. I guess we're all here for the same reason but I'm just after some advice.... After following the diabetes educator / dietician advice to the letter, my fasting sugars wouldn't lower below 5 and my after breakfast sugars are quite often over 7 ( goal 6.7) - despite eating what I've been advised to!! So anyhow back to the educator I trot, who decides I need to start Protaphane insulin in the evenings to try to lower my AM sugars.... Does it work? Nooooo of course, I'm insulin resistant.... So next step, Metformin... Just wondering has anyone used this drug with any side effects? Whilst it's not a new drug, using it to treat GD is a newish concept and long terms effects for me, and more importantly bub, while unexpected, aren't entirely known... So yeah just wondering where everyone stands with this one? As we all know GD sucks!!!

  2. JessieRose1

    I've has polycystic ovarian syndrome with insulin resistance for the last 6 years and have been on metformin for the last 6 years. I was diagnosed with GD when i was 26 weeks pregnant, but I had been seeing my usual endocrinologist who kept me on my metformin throughout my whole pregnancy. I also used it when I was breastfeeding. No side effects at all :)
    My GD was diet controlled (with the aid of metformin) during the whole pregnancy and I never had to go onto insulin. My sugar levels were always excellent.
    Good luck!

  3. willzy

    Hi this is my third baby with GD and the first time using metformin I can see a huge difference in this pregancey to the other 2 I could not controll my sugars in the other pregnancy with this one found it great in the last few weeks had to go on insulin but only once a day. I found with my diet it could be a little thing like brown bread instead of muilt grain and i could never have white bread and i stayed very active aswell. If you have any questions i am more than happy to answer.Good luck

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