Diabetes is a sadly widespread disease. Unhealthy habits in most cases, such as poor diet and sedentary lifestyle (lack of movement or exercise), cause the person to suffer different symptoms, which highlight the imbalance that their body is suffering. Among these symptoms is a dry mouth.
Do you want to know why your diabetic dry mouth feels? Do you want to know what to do to improve it? If so, continue reading the following article from FastlyHeal.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a complex disease, which can have different causes, but what always happens is that there is an excess of glucose in the blood.
A decrease in insulin production may cause this disease. Insulin is a substance produced by the pancreas, which is used to metabolize (or break down and help better absorb) carbohydrates (glucose). This is the case with type 2 diabetes, which usually occurs in overweight people. Usually, this was only diagnosed in adults, and now, unfortunately, it is also seen in children with bad habits (horrible diet, lack of exercise).
When insulin is not well-received where it has to act (due to autoimmune causes), this is when type 1 diabetes appears, and young people and children usually suffer it.
Diabetes can also appear during pregnancy and is known as gestational diabetes. It usually remits when the child is born, but it can also be associated with the mother’s habits.
Multiple symptoms can appear in a diabetic person, and many of them will have to do with their severity and the time that the person has been sick.
These symptoms include:
- Thirst or want to drink water frequently (polydipsia).
- Urinating too often (polyuria).
- Feeling of being hungry all the time (polyphagia).
These three symptoms usually raise the suspicion of diabetes in a “supposedly healthy” person.
Other symptoms that occur in this disease can be:
- Frequent infections
- Blurry vision.
- Lack of sensation (often in the legs).
- Difficult to heal wounds (especially in the extremities).
Dry mouth from diabetes: causes
First of all, it is imperative to know that if a diabetic person feels a dry mouth or permanently wants to drink water, it is most likely that their disease is decompensated. Their lifestyle habits and the medication are not sufficient to improve your illness. Therefore, it is essential to review your diet, habits and consult your family doctor.
Now, why does a person with diabetes feel dry mouth? In decompensated diabetes, there is too much glucose circulating in the blood. It reaches the kidney to be eliminated, and, to achieve this, it must be accompanied by water and minerals, which produces an inevitable “dehydration.” Therefore, to compensate for this loss of fluids, the person is very thirsty and has a dry mouth.
What to do to treat dry mouth from diabetes
As has been said, the diabetic person who is very thirsty has his disease decompensated. Therefore, in addition to drinking water, he must take some measures:
- Seek your GP.
- Improve nutrition: This point is critical, as not only will thirst improve, but mindful eating can improve diabetes. It’s never too late. You should consume almost strictly natural products: raw fruits and vegetables, legumes and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, and water. You should avoid the following foods and drinks. You will see how your health improves: meat (chicken, pork, and cow all contribute to generating toxins that make them sick and are not digested), dairy (they develop body inflammation), refined flour and sugar, processed products (with preservatives, colorings, flavorings), carbonated drinks, dietary supplements, vegetable oils, and vegetable shortening. It is essential to read the labels of what is consumed to be responsible and aware of our health.
- Stop consuming salt: it helps eliminate the water you drink easier and makes you more thirsty. Seawater or sea salt can be used since it has been seen that the minerals it contains contribute to improving the body’s condition.
This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor if you present any condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.