Genital thrush: Poorly controlled diabetes could lead to thrush


Symptoms of thrush include a thick, white discharge, slight pain during intercourse and pain while urinating. It could a warning sign of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes.

Healthcare provider Bupa explained the yeast infection is caused by Candida albicans.

Normally, Candida albicans lives harmlessly among healthy bacteria in, or around, the vagina.

However, when it begins to grow too much, it’s known as vaginal thrush – and men can get it too.

Other signs of type 2 diabetes include feeling fatigued for unexplained reasons, blurred vision, and cuts taking longer to heal.

The charity also confirms genital itching or thrush can be a warning sign of the condition.

A simple blood test, arranged by your GP, will be able to tell you if you have type 2 diabetes or not.

The blood test measures the amount of glucose (i.e. sugar) in your bloodstream.

If you have type 2 diabetes, the pancreas either can’t make the hormone insulin, or it’s ineffective.

Insulin is the key to unlocking cells, so that they can take in sugar from the foods you eat to use as their energy source.

Without the key working (insulin), blood sugar starts to build up in the bloodstream instead.

Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can become dangerous as the blood vessels become irritated.

It’s not only genital itching, thirstiness and needing the loo more often that you’ll need to worry about.

It can cause nerve damage, kidney problems, arousal issues, and can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Type 2 diabetes is considered a life-long condition, although it can be put into remission.

In order to enter remission, a consistent healthy diet and lots of exercise is required.

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