Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.
Some of the complications can be disabling or even life-threatening.
The NHS outlines seven symptoms, and one of these is common yeast infection thrush.
Thrush is more common in people wth diabetes as high sugar levels lead to better conditions for the yeast to grow.
Thrush in women appears as a white discharge (like cottage cheese), which does not usually smell, can cause itching and irritation around the vagina, and soreness and stinging during sex or when you pee.
In men, thrush can cause irritation, burning and redness around the head of the penis and under the foreskin, a white discharge (like cottage cheese), an unpleasant smell and difficulty pulling back the foreskin.
Thrush is usually harmless but repeated cases could indicate diabetes type 2.
Other symptoms of diabetes type 2 to look out for, according to the NHS, include peeing more than usual, particularly night, feeling very tired, losing weight without trying to, cuts or wounds taking longer to heal and blurred vision.
While the signs and symptoms aren’t always obvious, diabetes can often be diagnosed during a routine check-up.
If you think you have diabetes, see your GP as soon as possible.
Early diagnosis and treatment for type 2 diabetes is very important as it may reduce the risk of developing complications later on.