It’s important to be able to spot the symptoms yourself, because if you don’t have good control of the condition, it can lead to a number of problems, including kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease and stroke.
So what are the symptoms to look out for? Thrush, a yeast infection which tends to affect warm, moist areas of the body such as the vagina, penis and mouth, is more common in people with diabetes because high sugar levels lead to better conditions for yeast to grow.
A dry mouth with high levels of glucose in the saliva can also make for favourable conditions for thrush.
Diabetes.co.uk explains: “High blood sugar levels is one of the main causes of thrush and so is an weakened immune system, which is also common in people with diabetes.