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Diabetics More Prone To UTIs, Skin, Respiratory Infections

Considering the growing number of people who aren't taking the proper steps to control their diabetes, it's not at all surprising type 1 and type 2 diabetics are far more prone to skin, respiratory and urinary tract infections.

This new research -- comparing some 7,500 diabetics with about 19,000 control patients -- calculates the odds of diabetics and healthy patients suffering from infections in the future, a big difference from previous studies that dealt with previously collected data.

In relation to the control group, type 1 and type 2 had a significantly higher risk of developing urinary tract, skin, mucous and respiratory infections as well as experiencing recurring infections. For example, researchers found type 1 diabetics were twice as likely to experience a urinary tract infection than non-diabetics.

There is good news, however. More than 90 percent of patients who suffer from diabetes fall into the type 2 category (non-insulin dependent), meaning it's almost always treatable with simple lifestyle changes, and not expensive drugs or supplements. Here's a simple three-step plan for doing just that:

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