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Infections and diabetes.
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Infections and diabetes.
Can you remind me of the link between diabetes and bacterial overgrowth or yeast overgrowth?

Elevated glucose can interfere with white blood cell activity. This leads to immune suppression allowing the growth of pathogens. In addition, the elevated levels of insulin in early type 2 diabetes or from insulin injections decrease blood flow thus reducing infection fighting white blood cells to injuries and slowing the healing process.

Elevated glucose can also feed Candida.

Is it the bacteria/yeast that can CAUSE diabetes in a round about way or vice versa?

The only form of diabetes that can be triggered by a pathogen is type 1 diabetes in which viral infections are suspected in many cases. The resulting immune suppression from diabetes makes infections more likely. Another issue is that if severe neuropathy is present then the person may not realize when they injure themselves in ways that can introduce pathogens such as cuts.
07-04-2012 05:05 AM
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