Dry Mouth with controlled Type 1?

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/22/2006 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 25, I have had Type 1 since I was 21. 
I have been fortunate, and I have been able to control my levels well.  My last A1C was somewhere in the mid-6's.  I am on an Animas Pump, which has helped tremendously.. even though I still can not get used to the thought of having something coming out of me for the rest of my life!
That being said, the worst thing that has came up since I was diagnosed has been an incredibly dry mouth, lips, and a bad case of halitosis.  I have been to a few types of doctors to see if they could figure out why this is happening, but I have had no luck.  I got my deviated septum repaired, i had my stomach checked out, my sinuses, my teeth, my gums... none of them see any reason for it.  My doctor thinks Diabetes has nothing to do with it, but it has only been present since I was diagnosed.  I permanenly have to chew gum now, and the halitosis has really hurt my confidence and my ability to interact socially.
Has anyone else experienced this?  I have tried everything... i have literally spent nearly 600 dollars in the last 3 years on "Cures for bad breath and dry mouth".. nothing has worked.
Its an embarrassing problem, that is really hard to deal with.

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   Posted 3/22/2006 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Just guessing here but is it possible that your improved bs has lead to lowered thirst and so maybe you're not drinking enough water? My other guesses would be sinus drainage or constipation. Both of those problems can lead to bad breath. Wish I could be more helpful.
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/23/2006 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response.
I am not sure that I drink any less water than i have, but I suppose I could always try to drink more.
Sinus Drainage, I am not familiar with. I looked it up and it seems like its a form of sinitis. My ENT didn't think I had Sinitis, but I dont think he gave me a thorough exam. I may have to look for another ENT and get their opinion.
The bad breath must stem from the constant dry mouth, but I can not figure out where that comes from.
One doctor said it could be the way my body reacts to humalog, but I don't want to mess with that.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 4/6/2006 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mark,

I just read somewhere that diabetics are more prone to problems with their saliva glands, and symptoms would include dry mouth...why don't you get it checked out? 

Claire x

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