Diabetic Skin Troubles About one-third of people with diabetes get a skin problem sooner or later. Fortunately, most problems can be prevented or easily treated. Diabetes and Periodontal (Gum) Disease Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to gum disease, which is an infection of the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place. Diabetes and Sexual Intimacy Damage to the nerves or blood vessels caused by diabetes can interfere with sexual function. Diabetes and Sensitive Topics Diabetes affects every part of your life, and it can create problems that aren’t easy to talk about with your health care provider. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wound Healing Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and exposing a wound to 100 percent oxygen can, in many cases, speed the healing process.