Are people with diabetes prone to bacterial infections?

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People with diabetes are indeed more prone to bacterial infections. Reasons for this include the possible depression of the immune system, poor circulation of blood to the skin, loss of feeling (that alerts the person to injury) through diabetic neuropathy, and the diabetic body's high-glucose environment. Infections that might be stopped by a non-diabetic person, like salmonella or listeriosis, are more likely to sicken a person with diabetes. Skin infections are more likely in diabetes sufferers; wounds and ulcers in the skin are more common and take longer to heal. Infections tend to be more severe and take longer to fight off.

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