Pneumococcal Diseases, and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-11-25 07:45:50 -0600
Started 2010-11-13 12:06:00 -0600

Your risk for pneumococcal diseases is greater when you have diabetes.


Because diabetes can weaken your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to infections and diseases!

Pneumococcal diseases are infections.
They include the following:


These infections occur when bacteria known as “pneumococcus” invade either the bloodstream, lungs, or spinal fluid.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, the bacteria are inhaled and they grow in a person’s lungs, in some cases, respiratory (breathing) failure can occur!

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and\or the spinal cord.
Meningitis is caused when a bacterial infection spreads to a person’s brain and\or spinal cord, it can cause hearing loss, brain damage, and\or death!

Bacteremia is an infection of the blood, the bacteria enters the body through a wound or infection and grow in the bloodstream.
Bacteremia can lead to septic shock!

Adults with diabetes are (3) three times more likely to become infected with a pneumococcal disease, pneumonia occurs most often in adults with diabetes.

The more you learn about your risk as a diabetic, the better prepared you can be!


18 replies

Carol11 2010-11-18 09:43:13 -0600 Report

In my case it was the pneumonia that triggered the t1 in the first place

MAYS 2010-11-24 12:43:01 -0600 Report

Have you ever thought about writing a discussion on your personal ordeal on this subject that may be beneficial to others!


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-17 20:05:53 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info, Mays. Nine years ago West Nile Virus and I met. It was a long struggle. I had a hard time getting back to a near normal. Some days my brain still feels fuzzy from after effects. I'm glad I was not yet dealing with diabetes back then. Like shorty31 said, it made any other medical condition so much worse.

MAYS 2010-11-24 12:48:29 -0600 Report

Graylin Bee,

Thank you for taking the time to view this article, and to comment.
Would you ever consider discussing, or sharing the personal effects of West Nile Virus with others?

(I am glad that you have survived it, and were not a diabetic at that time)


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-24 20:40:56 -0600 Report

I recently found a West Nile Survivors group. There we do share our confusion and complications. It seems those of us who had the bad version of the mosquito bite have similar and also different symptoms. I never had the really bad effects - paralysis, coma, death. The Drs. are more confused about WNV than diabetes - hard to imagine. They don't know what it can do, why it does what it does, how to treat it, what the lasting effects are, how long the lasting effects might last, etc. Over the years they have had to admit it can cause Encephalitis, Meningitis, and a neuro-invasive type. Symptoms can also appear similar to Polio and Parkinson. I don't understand why WNV is such a mystery to the medical profession. It has only been in the US since about 1999. But is has been known to be in Africa for far longer. Why no info from their medical records then? Sorry for the rant. Someone from the WNV site uses the term Mosquito Brain, that's my excuse. If any one would like to discuss WNV, or has questions about it I would be willing to share with them.

MAYS 2010-11-25 03:46:42 -0600 Report

I can understand it causing Meningitis.
I had no idea about the other possible complications that can occur.
It's time for me to do some research on this subject, thank you for the information!

(I will take up on the offer for further discussions, and more information)


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-25 07:45:50 -0600 Report

Thank you. I will try to be helpful.
There is more info available about WNV now than when I first got bit. You have to wade past the repeated basic info from the CDC, State and County health departments, and token summer WNV might be here newspaper reports.
The vast majority of people who get bit report only the mild flu like symptoms. But for those who get the bad version, or their bodies trigger the bad reaction, it can be life altering.
One good source for personal stories is westnilesurvivors. One member, who died last year, had started a list of symptoms of WNV other members reported. It is amazing how many things one virus ca do. Several posts have good links to medical reports about WNV.
One mentions that Eye Drs. have seen different patterns of scar tissue in the eye that are a sign of WNV complications. That was the first I had heard about that. I am anxious to ask my eye Dr at my next appt. if he sees anything in my eyes. I had some vision problem that involved inability to understand what a written letter or number was. It came on a few years after the bite and lasted about two years, then resolved as suddenly as it occured. Others have experienced this weird problem who had WNV. Some have lost all of their vision for a time then could see again, others have remained sightless. Many symptoms show the same pattern. You can get hit with partial or complete paralysis a few weeks after the bite. It may last for a few weeks or years, then resolve or not. Sometimes the problem may appear several years later.
There is another site West Nile Virus Survivor Stories. They have news articles posted about people's lives dealing with WNV.
Hopefully your research will lead to insights. Both my husband and myself got WNV. Me first, at home. Then he managed to follow a few months later in another state. Go figure! For a long time we only had our own experience to relate with. Learning as been a slow process. It seems often what is on the internet is 5 to 10 years behind what is happening in regards to medical info. It does seem the time lag is getting shoter in some areas.

shorty31 2010-11-16 10:14:31 -0600 Report

thats so true i had spinal meningitous about two weeks ago i'm fine now but really did have a very close blood pressure,sugar,diabeties all were out of wack. but all thing are possilbe if you only believe and to the good side of that i lost 45 pounds' i still have a ways to go but i truely are on the right track now.Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend i hope all is well with you and your family. love allways good friend

CaliKo 2010-11-13 16:13:29 -0600 Report

Thanks for the article, Mays, good information for us. I had the vaccine my first year with diabetes.

MAYS 2010-11-13 16:16:53 -0600 Report

Thank you for taking the time to read it, and comment on it!

CaliKo 2010-11-18 10:07:26 -0600 Report

I read the article, and I guess the part about the viruses causes things like deafness just didn't sink in and stay. Wow, our health is such a fragile thing, even though our bodies are such amazing creations.