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Can diabetes put me at risk for having the flu?

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Diabetes boosts your risk of serious complications if you get sick with the flu, especially if you’re over 65. That's because both diabetes and age weaken your immune system, making you less able to fight infections.

From: 6 Health Problems to Watch For WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy with Diabetes: A Guide for Adults 55 and Up.”

Kirkman, S. , December 2012. Diabetes Care

Cleveland Clinic: “Aging and Your Eyes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care,” “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” “Balance Training Helps Prevent Falls,” “Peripheral Neuropathy,” “Flu and Pneumonia Shots.”

NIH Senior Health: “Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”

American Dental Association: “Preventing Periodontal Disease.”

National Institute on Aging: “Falls and Fractures.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Sexual and Urologic Problems of Diabetes.”

CDC: “Flu and People with Diabetes,” “What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season if You Are 65 Years and Older,” “People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diabetes and Cognitive Decline,” “Alzheimer’s Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy with Diabetes: A Guide for Adults 55 and Up.”

Kirkman, S. , December 2012. Diabetes Care

Cleveland Clinic: “Aging and Your Eyes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care,” “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” “Balance Training Helps Prevent Falls,” “Peripheral Neuropathy,” “Flu and Pneumonia Shots.”

NIH Senior Health: “Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”

American Dental Association: “Preventing Periodontal Disease.”

National Institute on Aging: “Falls and Fractures.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Sexual and Urologic Problems of Diabetes.”

CDC: “Flu and People with Diabetes,” “What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season if You Are 65 Years and Older,” “People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diabetes and Cognitive Decline,” “Alzheimer’s Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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