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Managing Diabetes: Other Problems of Diabetes

 
 

Skin Problems
Diabetes also affects the body's largest organ: the skin. Of course, almost everyone develops skin problems at some time or another, but diabetes can make these routine problems worse.

People with diabetes must be especially careful not to let their skin become too dry. Dry skin can crack, giving an infection a place to start.

Fortunately, a little care can usually prevent skin problems from becoming serious. Keep skin clean and dry. It's a good idea to use moisturizing soap, as well as a gentle moisturizing cream after bathing.

Check your skin every day for signs of infection or other skin disorders. If you notice an infection, or even anything out of the ordinary like a blister, rash or red spot – don't take chances. Call or see your doctor and get professional advice on what to do.

Mouth and gum disease
If you have diabetes, you're at higher risk for gum disease as well as other diseases of the mouth, such as infections.

Gum disease usually happens when plaque, a sticky bacteria substance in the mouth starts to build up around the gum line. The earliest sign is bleeding or swollen gums when either brushing or flossing. Tender, reddish or swollen gums can also signal a problem.

To keep oral problems to a minimum, brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year. If you think you have a mouth infection, or early signs of gum disease, see your dentist immediately. Be sure to let your dental health team know you have diabetes. This information may affect your dental treatment.

Stomach Problems
As you've read in a previous article, diabetes can cause nerve damage. If the nerves in your stomach become affected by diabetes, your food might stay in your stomach longer than it should. This disorder can be very common in people with diabetes.

Some of the signs and symptoms include heartburn, nausea, an early feeling of fullness and erratic blood glucose levels. The complications of this disorder are usually minor, but can become serious if left untreated.

If you feel you have any of these symptoms, or if you are experiencing any stomach or digestion problems, speak with your diabetes care team for treatment or medication recommendations.



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