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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes Can Cause A Dry Mouth



If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, there's a greater chance you will also suffer from a dry mouth (xerostomia). If your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be, that can also cause a dry mouth. Certain medications such as antihistamines can also cause a dry mouth.
If your mouth is dry, it becomes harder to chew and swallow food. Saliva helps your food go down easier. If you drink with your meals, that can help with the whole process but don't use this as an excuse to drink the wrong type of fluid. Water is the ideal drink.
People with diabetes can have problems with their salivary glands not being able to create enough saliva. A dry mouth can make you more prone to tooth decay, cavities, bad breath, infected salivary glands, inflamed lips, ulcers on your tongue and lesions inside your mouth.
If you're diabetic and you wear dentures, your mouth can get a lot of sores if your mouth is not moist all the time. Your taste buds can be affected and you can feel extremely thirsty if your mouth is always dry.
Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy to help keep your mouth moist. It's an easy solution. Always have a bottle of water with you. If you work in a job when you're on the phone all day long, a bottle of water is a necessity because your mouth can literally dry up so much you can't speak.
If you're pregnant and suffer from a dry mouth, it can be caused by:
  • your hormones as this is a very normal problem for pregnant women. Your body stores more water because of the rising total blood volume that's needed.
  • your metabolism speeds up,
so these factors make it even harder to stay hydrated. This is why it's essential to greatly increase the intake of water and sugar-free juices.
Pregnant ladies can suffer from dehydration due to:
  • morning sickness (which can include general vomiting) and
  • urinating more frequently.
Drinking more water and also sugar-free juices will help with this problem.
Being dehydrated is a typical reason why people get a dry mouth. Most people are dehydrated but don't even know it. They assume drinking any liquid will rehydrate them. This isn't true. Water is the best liquid for rehydrating your body because it's pure. Other liquids have sugars and other elements that hinder their effect.
Sometimes you may think you're hungry but you're really thirsty so a good way to find out is to drink some water and, if you still feel hungry, then have something to eat. It's a good way to stay hydrated and may help you lose weight too.
If you suffer from a dry mouth and you can't shake it, speak to your doctor as there may also be other problems. A dry mouth may be a symptom of kidney problems or bacteria within your mouth.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. Now is the time to take control of the disease... take back your health and avoid any diabetic complications including dry mouth.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.
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