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richard45
Total Posts: 79
Registered on: ‎05-30-2010

immune compromised


I was talking to my mother who has typ2 for about 20 years.She was telling me  if you have diabetes you are immune compromised . Well we did not agree. So what do you guys think?
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carlking2
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Registered on: ‎04-08-2011

immune compromised

Well mom is not all wrong.  I believe researchers in Texas found higher incidences of TB in people with T2, and theorized that it was do to compromised immune systems.  However I believe it was found in people with UNCONTROLLED blood glucose.  High BG has a cascade effect on the body, and I for one would not doubt that the immune system is stressed.  I also think that  when the BG is controlled the immune system recovers and operates normally.  JMO...YMMV

Thanks Rick

Diagnosed T2 4/4/2011
04/04/2011, A1c 11.2
06/27/2011, A1c 5.6
10/07/2011, A1c 5.7
1/14/2012, A1c 5.4
4/17/2012, A1c 5.4
7/27/2012, A1c 5.3
01/30/2013, A1c 5.2
08/26/2013, A1c 5.3
01/26/2014, A1c 5.5
07/25/2014, A1c 5.4

Lipids TC 203, LDL 110, VLDL 20, Triglycerides 100, HDL 73
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robertmiles
Total Posts: 423
Registered on: ‎02-01-2010

immune compromised

Type 1 diabetes is often due to an autoimmune condition, and therefore involves some upset to your immune system.

Type 2 diabetes is suspected of sometime being due to an autoimmune condition also, but without enough research to prove it yet.

I'd consider the connection to being immune compromised also something suspected, but without enough research to prove it or even check whether all type 2 diabetics are immune compromised.
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grannyred
Total Posts: 4,447
Registered on: ‎10-30-2009

immune compromised

Your Momma was right....anyone with a chronic illness, cancer, diabetes, heart disease have their immune systems compromised....this just means it is harder for us to fight off infections.
See ya.....................................Big Red...............................Peace
Granny Red is Big Red Type 2 DX 2/17/09 A1c 7.7 2/2011 A1c 4.7  5/2011 A1c  4.7 8/2011 A1c 4.9 -11/2011 -4.7
March / 2012 New A1c 5.0 !
A1c Nov.2012...4.7
A1c Jan 21, 2013 5.2 Adding Met 2 X 500 mg
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richard45
Total Posts: 79
Registered on: ‎05-30-2010

immune compromised


Looks like you read the same thing I read online. just because you a diabetic you cannot say every diabetic is immune compromised. I my self never get sick my wife and kids  will but not me.
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grannyred
Total Posts: 4,447
Registered on: ‎10-30-2009

immune compromised

Actually I looked in my ancient Anatomy book ( 1976)......In your original question you asked us what we thought.....I just quoted my book but it is harder for any diabetic to heal after illnesses, surgery, cuts,  bruises.........some just have a better control than others and YMMV.
And why can't I say that every diabetic is immune compromised ??????
I thought it was a package deal......LOL

See ya.............................Big Red.............................Peace
Granny Red is Big Red Type 2 DX 2/17/09 A1c 7.7 2/2011 A1c 4.7  5/2011 A1c  4.7 8/2011 A1c 4.9 -11/2011 -4.7
March / 2012 New A1c 5.0 !
A1c Nov.2012...4.7
A1c Jan 21, 2013 5.2 Adding Met 2 X 500 mg
Newest A1c April 24,2013....back to 4.9......WOOOOOHOOOO!!!!
Low Carb and lots of Exercise Don't believe everything you think !!!!!! Please help save the Earth.....it's the only planet with Chocolate !!!!
NATIVE EARTH !!!!!
My Secret..............low carb, exercise, Graze not Gorge and portion size !!!!!!

Information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth. Truth must be absolute; otherwise it is merely opinion.
lizzylou
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immune compromised

High glucose levels can weaken the immune system.  Poor circulation can also weaken the immune system.  A weak immune system can produce more instances of infections and cause such things as slower healing.

So the very simplified answer is the many diabetics have compromised immune systems because of poor control and high circulating insulin levels.  The high glucose levels act as a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses as well.

A high percentage of diabetics, both type-1 and type-2 have other auto-immune diseases but it's not clear if the other diseases could have been in some way responsible for also developing diabetes.  But again, good glucose control can offset other immune system problems.  

So the answer is yes and no.

Lizzy 
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