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rdarovic@hotmail.com
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Registered on: ‎06-18-2010

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I have recently moved to SW Florida and am being besieged by insect bites. Noseeums or mites, I guess. In any case, I am wondering if there is any glucose released to my skin that might make me more attractive to the critters than others. Anybody else have this problem? I am using the Avon product so I can control it a little but I am curious about any effect diabetes might have.
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cactus8
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Registered on: ‎11-07-2009

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Welcome!

I am diabetic and my wife is not. The insects seem to pick her out and attack and leave me pretty much alone.
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juliam1969
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Im the same as you, I get attacked every time I am out at night and there are bugs around. I did a google search on bug bites and diabetes and it came up with several web sites that diabetics are asking about the same thing as you. It says that bugs like sweat and our sweat is sweeter.

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jacksgramma00
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hi rita! welcome to s.w. florida!! where are you relocated to? i'm in cape coral. i, personally, don't have too much trouble with bites. of course, i stay mostly indoors at night. hope you aren't just "new blood" to our insect population!
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Rita Darovic (6/18/2010)
I have recently moved to SW Florida and am being besieged by insect bites. Noseeums or mites, I guess. In any case, I am wondering if there is any glucose released to my skin that might make me more attractive to the critters than others. Anybody else have this problem? I am using the Avon product so I can control it a little but I am curious about any effect diabetes might have.


Hi Rita, welcome to the boards.

I used to be a five-course meal for bugs before I was diagnosed when my numbers were high. Now that my numbers are in control I'm more like just an appetizer.

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realtxjack
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Registered on: ‎11-08-2009

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Get Avon's "Skin So Soft". Insects hate it.
Type 2 - complicated by surgery for pancreatic cancer
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xenablue
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Registered on: ‎11-02-2009

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Ditto what Jack said. I have the spray oil handy in summer which is a nice 'dry' moisturizer as well as bug repellent.



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bfieler4583
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Registered on: ‎11-02-2009

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Welcome to sauna land!!!! Where about in SW Fl are you? I'm near Clearwater.

It must be your yummy Northern blood attracting the critters!! I'm joking. We have been here 26 years, they leave me alone, and go right to DH. I'm the one with D. I'd suggest you check your yard, plants, bird baths, and any where there could be just a bit of standing water. Don't give them a place to breed. Keep the grass trimmed.

If it seems to be your whole community, call your county Mosquito control, they can fog your area
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Rita Darovic (6/18/2010)
I have recently moved to SW Florida and am being besieged by insect bites. Noseeums or mites, I guess. In any case, I am wondering if there is any glucose released to my skin that might make me more attractive to the critters than others. Anybody else have this problem? I am using the Avon product so I can control it a little but I am curious about any effect diabetes might have.

My local climate is not much different to Florida; I am on the 28th parallel South.

Just like Aidan I'm the diabetic but my wife is the one who is attacked by every insect in creation.

One thing that helps her in the summer is vitamin B1 supplements. I don't know all the science but it seems to affect the insects liking, or lack of it, for her skin. But it is not a total protection so she has to stay indoors in the early mornings and late afternoons.
Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
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dinycat
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I live in Naples, FL in the winter, and when first started going there, was eaten alive by the No See Ums. I had to go on steroids a couple of times.

We were near a "preserve" area, which just exacerbated the problem, and now have moved further away from it. I have no problems anymore.

No product, including those with DEET worked for me. Avon was a joke, and just made me greasy.

The doctor did tell me that they go for body heat, and some of us just run higher temps--male or female, doesn't matter.


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