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Diabetes Tips: An Active Role in Infection Control

separator There are so many components to managing diabetes—watching what you eat, checking your blood sugar level, taking medication, injecting insulin, making sure you exercise regularly—that preventing infections may be the last thing on your list of things to do. But people with type 1 and 2 diabetes are more likely than those in the general population to experience infections. Recurring infections are also more likely. The most common areas of the body where infections develop include the

  • Skin
  • Respiratory tract (especially pneumonia)
  • Urinary tract

What steps can you take to reduce your risk of developing infection? 

  • Get a flu shot. This can help reduce your risk of developing a respiratory tract infection.
  • Look for signs of skin infections. These can include skin that is hot, red, swollen or inflamed.
  • Be aware of signs of urinary tract infection. These include cloudy or bloody urine or painful urination.
  • Notice the signs of a respiratory tract infection. These include fever and a deep cough that produces phlegm.
  • Be aware of general signs of infection. These include fever, nausea and vomiting and weakness

Remember, infections can be harder to control when you have diabetes, so it’s important to do what you can to prevent them and to act early if you think you may be developing one. Your best bet is to see your doctor right away if you suspect an infection may be present.

Source:
Clinical Infectious Diseases, 1 August 2005; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.



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