Itchy genitals? It could an uncommon sign of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes type 2 symptoms can include regular yeast infections, according to

When blood glucose levels go unusually high, it provides a perfect environment for yeast to thrive.

The yeast is also attracted to the high glucose content of diabetes patients’ urine, the charity said.

Yeast infections - which occur in both men and women - can cause genital itching and burning.

“Genital itching in either sex is an irritating problem that can simply be caused by allergies and skin irritations, or by more serious disorders and diseases such as diabetes,” said

“In cases where genital itching is caused by irritation or allergy, avoiding exposure to the irritant or allergen may be all that is needed for the itching to resolve.

“However, other causes of the condition may be more difficult to treat or may require more intensive treatment and could ultimately lead to serious complications.”

Without treatment, genital itching could lead to spreading infectious diseases, or a secondary skin infection, the charity said.

Genital itching could also be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, menopause, a sexually-transmitted disease, skin conditions, or scabies.

Many of the infectious causes of genital itching - including sexually-transmitted diseases and yeast infections - are contagious, the charity warned.

If genital itching doesn’t disappear after a couple of days, you should speak to a GP or pharmacist.

Genital itching includes an itchiness or burning sensation in, and around, the vagina or penis.

Other signs of diabetes include blurred vision, and having cuts and wounds that take longer to heal than normal.

You’re more likely to develop the condition if you’re over 40 years old.

If you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes, you’re at least twice as likely to develop it too.

Other risk factors for diabetes include being overweight, or if you’ve ever had a heart attack or stroke.