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Steph asked...

Tags: diabetes , Stress , sugar

I am a type 1 diabetic and over the past 12 months my blood sugars have been irratic, which I believe is partly stress related and I feel like I am picking up sore throats, coughs etc every few weeks. Does the irratic control make me more prone to picking up virus/infections?

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I’m sorry to hear of the problems you are experiencing. Diabetes certainly can hamper the body’s ability to fight infections and possibly this might be a contributory factor.

However stress in itself can affect the immune system and our natural ability to fight off viruses and infections and this may also be playing a part as you mention you have been experiencing this.

It might be worth having a chat with your diabetes practitioner about your overall health and wellbeing and in the meantime be sure to include a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure adequate vitamin intake in your diet. Trying to find ways to reduce or minimise the effects of stress in your life such as gentle exercise, meditation and ensuring plenty of sleep alongside a balanced diet might also be of help.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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