Type 2 diabetes symptoms: Unusual signs – hearing loss, gum disease and daytime napping

It says: “Researchers believe prolonged high blood glucose levels may lead to hearing loss by affecting the supply of blood or oxygen to the tiny nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear.

“Over time, the nerves and blood vessels become damaged, affecting the person’s ability to hear.”

Gum disease

People with diabetes are more likely to experience gum disease if they’ve had poor blood sugar levels for a long period of time

“People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing gum disease. Poorly managed blood sugar levels can cause damage to nerves, blood vessels, the heart, the kidneys, the eyes and the feet. In the same way, the gums can too be affected,” adds the diabetes expert.

“Because high blood sugar levels lead to damage to blood vessels, this reduces the supply of oxygen and nourishment to the gums, making infections of the gums and bones more likely.

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