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How does type 2 diabetes affect infections?

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Type 2 diabetes slows down your body's ability to fight infection. High blood glucose leads to high levels of sugar in your body's tissues. When this happens, bacteria grow and infections can develop more quickly. Common sites of infection are your bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin. Early treatment of infections can prevent more serious complications.

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

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