Diabetes is a common condition that affects almost four million people in the UK.
It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Making some diet or lifestyle changes could lower your chances of developing diabetes.
But you could be at risk of the high blood sugar condition you persistently have a dry mouth, it’s been revealed.
Having a dry mouth, even after drinking water, could be one of the earliest warning signs of diabetes.
Diabetics produce less saliva, which makes them feel extra thirsty, and have a dry mouth, said the American Dental Association.
If you feel like your mouth is usually very dry, it’s a good idea to speak to a doctor, it said.
“Diabetes takes a toll on your entire body, but it can also increase your risk of dental disease and other symptoms that show up in your mouth,” it said.
“In fact, one in five cases of total tooth loss is linked to diabetes.
“Studies have found people with diabetes have less saliva, so you might find yourself feeling parched or extra thirsty.
“Fight dry mouth by drinking water. You can also chew sugarless gum and eat healthy, crunchy foods to get saliva flowing.
“This is especially important because extra sugar in your saliva, combined with less saliva to wash away leftover food, can lead to cavities.”
You could also be at risk of diabetes if you find some foods taste differently.
The favourite foods may not taste as rich as you remember, added the American Dental Association.
Try to avoid adding too much sugar to your food as a response to your change in taste, as it could affect the quality of your diet.
Managing blood sugar is crucial for diabetes patients, as they’re more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
Common diabetes symptoms include having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal, or passing more urine than normal.
Many people could have diabetes without even realising it, because the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Those most at risk include people over 40 years old, people that are overweight, or those that have a close relative with the condition.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.
Published at Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:05:00 +0000