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!
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