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Hunter Wessells Part 3, Blood Sugar Levels and Urinary Infections and Diseases

In part 3 this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Hunter Wessells talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California. Dr. Wessells shares his philosophy on the control of infections by controlling blood glucose levels.

Dr. Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS is a professor and chairman of Urology at the University of Washington. He specializes in genitourinary trauma, reconstructive surgery, and erectile dysfunction.

Transcript of this video segment:

When a person’s blood sugars are elevated, the more susceptible they are for diseases and they usually have more urological related infections. What are your thoughts about controlling and preventing yeast and bladder infections by reducing blood sugars?

There is always been this idea that tighter glycemic control will reduce the risk of UTI. We see in our cohorts we have been studying with long standing diabetes that at the highest levels of A1c, there is a risk of UTI but getting from a A1c of 7% or a 6% is not going to change your risk of UTI and its going to be pretty low. As you start getting high up in the range you start seeing those problems.

As urologists do you see more prostate cancer from patients with diabetes than those without diabetes?

No, we don’t really but it may change the way the blood test PSA performs; that may be influenced by your blood glucose. It could affect screening or other testing that is done to achieve early detection.

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