Yesterday morning at the gym it happened again. I had to make frequents stops for water during my cardio kick box class. (No really, I didn't welcome the interruptions!) As usual, I surveyed the room full of sweating people and rhetorically asked, What's the matter with these people? Why don't they drink??
I leave trails of used cups and glasses around the house. I never pass a drinking fountain without stopping. I had a sneaking suspicion it might be connected to the diabetes (what isn't?)
And then I got back to my office and found this email from some PR folks at GlaxoSmithKline about DRY MOUTH. (What a coinkydink, as my daughter would say!) Yes, dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, "is one of the more prevalent health conditions" experienced by people with diabetes. Really?? Who knew...
I learned that dry mouth is a common side effect of more than 400 drugs. And reports indicate that one in four adults, including those with and without diabetes, experience chronic dry mouth -- which can lead to decay and of course bad breath, and OMG stop me here.
Apparently traditional treatments include special food preparation (think mush), sucking on sugarless candy, using a humidifier, and even artificial saliva (available over-the-counter - yuck!).
But GSK has something special for us too: Oasis Moisturizing Mouthwash and Mouth Spray, from the makers of Sensodyne. Get your free samples here. From other providers, there's also Biotene, ZAPP Gum, and Thayer's Natural Remedies, to name a few.
I thought you might like to know, in case you're a chronic drinker like me.