Has anyone ever complained about their tongue? I get this feeling that comes and goes, sort of as if I burned it and was wondering if it's due to the medications or my sugar level.
I don't know of anything in particular that people with diabetes have with their tongues, but I'll throw out some ideas that you can discuss with your personal physician:
- People with type 2 diabetes are often obese, and this can lead not only to the worsening insulin resistance but also to increased reflux of gastric acid. This can cause a bad taste in the mouth, or even erosion of dental enamel, sinusitis bronchitis, laryngitis, throat pain, or a feeling something is in the throat (a globus sensation).
- People with type 1 diabetes can get other autoimmune diseases. Other autoimmune diseases (although I don't know that they are related as strongly to type 1 as thyroid disorders and celiac disease) include pemphigus and pemphigoid.
- Increased blood glucose levels cross over into the saliva, and people with hyperglycemia would get dental caries, but this would not cause a burning sensation in their tongue. It is worthwhile to get good oral care though, nevertheless (even for people without diabetes).
If I were forced to guess what your problem is, without knowing all your details, I would guess answer #1 would most likely apply.
Original posting 17 Oct 2002
Posted to Other Illnesses
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:37
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