Vaccinations are important if you have diabetes

White blood cells are an important part of your immune system, and they often are high in diabetics but don’t actually work as effectively against infection by bacteria and viruses. That makes vaccination important for people with diabetics, and should be considered seriously by people with prediabetes.

Influenza is an important vaccination, especially since influenza can lead to pneumonia. All illnesses can create a challenge in managing your glucose, due to biological immune responses as well as simply not feeling well makes eating properly difficult.

Pneumococcal pneumonia can lead to a number of complications, and preventing it is vitally important for people over 65. There are a variety of pneumonia vaccinations, but your doctor will know which is the right one for you.

If for some reason you didn’t get your MMR, measles, mumps, rubella when you were a child, you should definitely talk to your doctor about getting one now. Aside from complicating glucose control, they can be more dangerous as you age. The same goes for Varicella, for chicken pox.

If you’re under 26 years of age, you should look into the HPV vaccination for the human papillomavirus. This is often thought to be a vaccination and disease that only affects women, but men should also be vaccinated. HPV can cause additional illnesses and diseases down the road, and preventing it is the easiest way to protect yourself.

People over 65 years old should consider the Zoster to prevent shingles.

Lastly, there is a higher incidence of Hepatitis B in diabetics, which isn’t clearly understood. It is thought that it may be from sharing lancets or insulin needles along with a compromised immune system. Don’t share your sticks, and talk to your doctor to see if you should get vaccinated.

Always discuss your choices with your doctor and make sure you are being proactive about protecting your health! This article should not be construed as medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, and this is for awareness only.

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