Gone are the days, when you can devour a sweet and satisfy your sweet tooth. There was a time when a person who was diabetic could take his medicines, or his insulin shots and give way to small pleasures of sweet delights.
But as the years pass, the body will lose its immunity to fight back the diabetic problem. This gives way to a plethora of problems. This is where medical research has expressed their concern and further research has been done for the same.
What did the research reveal?
In a recent study done at the University of St. George’s London, the team of medical researchers realized that patients who suffer from diabetes showed a bigger risk of acquiring dangerous and very critical skin infections as time passed. In some cases, acute situations would lead to death also and so, this was something they needed to find a solution to at the earliest.
For the study, almost about hundred thousand people were taken for analysis. All of them were diabetic. Apart from the, a group of non diabetic people were also taken for the study. The diabetic patients belonged to the age groups between 40- 70 years of age.
From the study they found that many people who visited the hospital for complaints of skin infections and other problems like pneumonia had a history or were suffering from Diabetes.
Out of the patients, many of them also have died out of infection related illness. This too was more common among people who were suffering from diabetes. So, automatically, the experts lead to the conclusion that the common culprit in almost infections in the case of middle aged people was diabetes.
Some of the infections that diabetic patients are prone to:
Endocarditis, bone infections, sepsis, joint infections, skin infections, and a heavy loss of the immunity power of such people.
This goes to show that such people will always fall ill and that makes them prone to fevers and other contagious infections and diseases.
For this, the research cannot pinpoint any specific list of diseases that may develop in a diabetic patient, as different diabetic patients fall prey to various virus and harmful bacteria.
This research shows that people Type 1 diabetes are more prone to infections at a later stage of the disease. With respect to Type 2 diabetes, if the patient is careful and follows a systematic hygiene- they can stop the pattern of regular infections attacking the body.
From the study, it was revealed that Type 1 was at a larger risk of death and diseases and so the therapies should follow a systematic system by which the medicines and food should be administered for such patients.
Another finding was that though Type 2 patients are not at a risk as much as the Type 1 diabetic patients, it was found that if they do not follow a healthy lifestyle – then within a period of 7 years, they too will fall prey to frequent infections and this could lead to fatal death.
If you have diabetes, what are the common infections you are prone to?
Diabetes as per this research seems to be the epicenter of many body ailments, especially skin related infections. Some of the common infections that get activated with diabetes are:
A type of yeast called Candida albicans is the one that causes a lot of yeast infections in various parts of the body. Whenever the body holds moisture like sweat in many enclosed areas like sin folds, vaginal and crotch areas, armpits thighs and neck- this can encourage the growth of bacteria that forms yeast.
When the sugar levels in the body are on the rise, then it causes the yeast to get activated and grow and spread quickly across the body.
Surgical Site Infections
Mostly after surgeries, if the site is not kept clean, the person is prone to a lot of infections in various parts of the body. This could be fatal and even worse when the person is diabetic.
This is because the wounds will take time to heal when the person suffers from diabetes and also, the person is more open to catch infections and bad and harmful from the beds, surgical equipments and air that surrounds him in the surgical site.
As mentioned before, where moisture is present, there bad bacteria are quick to thrive. This will happen to all people. But in the case of diabetic patients, the immunity levels of the patients are really low and this is what makes them more prone to acquire such dangerous skin infections. A person can notice the presence of such problems when they see red, inflamed skin which may be tender to touch, warm and also in some cases- they may be blistered and painful.
For this, a person who suffers from foot infections should keep their foot clean and dry always. Consult a doctor and apply the right ointments and take the proper medicines to ensure timely recovery from the medical issue.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infections or in other words are more among women than men. This could be infectious bacteria can successfully thrive in warm and undisturbed places like near the vagina. This also happens when men and women do not drink a lot of water and also expel it in time.
If you experience a painful urinating feel, a cloudy urine – then you must consult the doctor.
Diabetic patients need to drink a lot of water and ensure that they flush out the toxins from their body system at regular intervals.
Another associated with UTI, is that it is painful and affect the urinating sensation. So, ensure that toilet hygiene is cared for a lot.
Dry Parched Skin
Diabetes is somehow associated with dryness. The study shows that people who have the preliminary signs of symptoms often complain of dry, parched skin. The skin will look scaly, and may develop light violet patches due to the dry skin.
Also, the skin has a tendency to lose its moisture very fast and therefore there are chances that the skin will get cracked frequently. So, remember to moisturize the skin regularly.
Quick Result Oriented Remedy to fight Diabetes right at home
- Keep your body clean and dry.
- Ensure that the toilet you use is clean or carry sanitizers and mild soaps to clean your body and also the toilet seat you are using.
- Always keep antifungal and antiseptic lotions in hand, because if you feel any sort of disturbance and itching on your skin, use them liberally.
- Change your sweaty clothes twice pr thrice a day and ensure the skin is able to breathe in freshness and not in a sweaty and moist environment.
- Apply mild lotions or creams t keep your skin moistened always.
- Stay away from the hot sunlight and especially UV rays. This will not trigger more dryness issues, and keep the body safe from sweat.
- Change your underclothes at least twice a day and keep safe from any yeast infections.
- If you suffer any cuts, abrasions, and wounds, ensure that they get healed quickly. If they wound persists for more than a week, it is wise to pay a visit to the hospital. So, keep such medicines always in hand, in case you are not able to visit the doctor immediately.
- If you have any sores, take care that the pus and wounds are cleaned and dry all the time. If it spreads to the rest of the body, there are chances that the infections will take an aggressive form.
Remember that whenever you suffer from a fever or any other disease, always mention to the physician who examines you – that you have a diabetic history. In case, you are not sure about this, it is always better to get yourself checked and understand if you are diabetic.
An End Note
Diabetes can be controlled if we pay heed to the symptoms. So, take a look at the above listed infections and see if you have ever experienced them or are frequently experiencing it. If you do feel a slight doubt, then better get yourself checked at the earliest.
As the saying goes: ‘Prevention is better than Cure’