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Sun Aug 07 01:27:21 UTC 2011

Can uncontrolled Diabetes cause skin infection problems ? And can it harm kidney and heart function-like causing Arrhythmias or other conditions ?
Asked By: chrisriley8  
Category: Type 2

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I've been Diabetic Type 2, diet control since 2005. Diabetes and other health conditions runs strong in my immediate family. Like Cancers, CAD, Heart Disease, etc.
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2011-08-10 19:38:32.0

Dear chrisriley8, Thank you for writing into dLife. Yes, uncontrolled diabetes is often linked with bacterial growth such as skin infections and vaginal infections, etc. These bacteria thrive on the sugar being spilled by the kidneys. Can uncontrolled diabetes effect the heart and kidneys? Yes, Yes, Yes. The number one cause of death in people with diabetes is heart disease or stroke. Elevated blood sugars combined with elevated blood pressure is a very common cause of kidney failure and eventually the need for dialysis. So, it is time to learn how to eat right, exercise, and take your medications appropriately, so you minimize your risks.
Answered By: Janice Fisher
Accreditations: RD, LD, PHD, CDE, BC-ADM
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2011-08-10 19:38:23.0

Thanks for writing dLife! Your question is very good and yes, diabetes that is not well controlled can certainly contribute to skin infection since elevated blood glucose levels impair healing and immunity and promote bacterial growth. High blood glucose levels can also promote skin dryness, which can lead to cracking and more ways for bacterial to invade the deeper tissues below the skin. In response to the second part of your question, uncontrolled diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease as well as heart disease because of the impact on blood vessels and blood clotting- this is why blood pressure and blood cholesterol control is also very important. These are all very important issues to discuss with your personal physician in order to make a plan that is right for you to minimize the risk of these complications. Also, be sure to seek the assistance of a registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator and take advantage of the articles and information found on the dLife site. Best of luck to you!
Answered By: Janice Baker
Accreditations: B.Sc., MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM
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