Dentistry for People with Diabetes
Dental Care For People With Diabetes
Diabetes is of growing concern in the UK. As well as the 3.2 million people already diagnosed it is estimated a further 630,000 people have the condition.
It’s very likely that a number of the readers of this page will be living with diabetes so will have more insight than others on its symptoms and consequences. Among the general public and even some health-care professionals diabetes is often misunderstood with the result that patients don’t always receive the degree of attention and support they deserve.
The symptoms of diabetes have been recognised since at least the time of the Ancient Egyptians. The main symptoms include passing urine more often than usual, especially at night, increased thirst, extreme tiredness and unexplained weight loss. Other symptoms include genital itching or regular episodes of thrush, slow healing of cuts and wounds and blurred vision. Delayed healing among people with diabetes can be a problem after surgical procedures.
The word itself comes from the Greek; loosely translated as ‘to pass through’ or ‘to siphon’, referring to the excessive need for urination experienced by sufferers. In the middle ages physicians divided the condition into ‘diabetes mellitus’ (sweet) and ‘diabetes insipidus’ (tasteless). Have a wild guess at how these early clinicians examined their patients’ urine. (And doctors nowadays think they’ve got it tough?!)