Diabetes can affect the entire body – including the skin.
About a third of people with diabetes will develop skin problems at some point.
In fact, some skin issues can be early warning signs of diabetes. But what different types of diabetic skin problems are there? and what can we do about them? Let’s find out…
Although anyone can get bacterial skin infections, diabetics are more prone to them. Typical bacterial skin problems that tend to trouble people with diabetes include eyelid styes, boils, nail infections, and carbuncles — deep infections of the skin and the tissue underneath.
Usually, the area around the infection will be hot, red, painful, and swollen.
People with diabetes are susceptible to fungal infections, especially one called Candida albicans. This yeast-like fungus creates a red, itchy rash, frequently surrounded by small blisters and scales, that is usually found in warm, moist areas like armpits or between the toes.
Other fungal infections common to diabetics include ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and vaginal infections.
Itchy skin can have many causes. In people with diabetes, a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation can be the root cause. When poor blood flow is the culprit, the lower legs may be the itchiest part of the body. What can you do to stop your skin from crawling? Consider bathing less often and use mild soap when you do. Slather on some lotion to moisturize dry skin, but avoid applying it between your toes.
Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin cells that make melanin (brown pigmentation) are destroyed, leading to irregular, blotchy patches that often occur on the hands, face, or chest. Although the cause of vitiligo is unknown, experts believe it is an autoimmune condition like type 1 diabetes, and research has found a link between the two conditions. It is very important to wear a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher, since the depigmented skin has no natural sun protection.
Neuropathy-Related Skin Problems
Diabetes can cause nerve damage called neuropathy, a common diabetes symptom. Sometimes the damage causes a loss of sensation in the feet. If you step on something and injure your foot or develop a blister, you might not be able to feel it.
An open sore called a foot ulcer can develop and could get infected. Take a look at your feet every day to make sure they are not injured in any way.
It’s rare, but sometimes people with diabetes erupt in blisters (bullosis diabeticorum). The blisters occur on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet, and sometimes on the legs or forearms. They resemble burn blisters.
Having diabetic neuropathy puts you at higher risk of developing these blisters. Here’s the good news: They are usually painless and heal on their own in a few weeks.
Keeping blood glucose under control is the only way to prevent and treat this skin problem.
Out-of-control diabetes can cause eruptive xanthomatosis — firm, yellow, pea-like skin growths. The bumps have a red halo around them and may itch. They’re usually found on the backs of hands, feet, arms, and buttocks. This skin problem usually strikes young men with type 1 diabetes who also have high cholesterol and very high triglycerides (fat in the blood).
About a third of people with type 1 diabetes have digital sclerosis — thick, tight, waxy skin that develops on the backs of the hands. The finger joints stiffen and become difficult to move. Sometimes skin on the toes and forehead is affected as well. Rarely, knees, ankles, or elbows may stiffen.
Disseminated Granuloma Annulare
This skin problem causes raised, bumpy, or ring-shaped spots, which are skin coloured, red, or red-brown. Disseminated granuloma annulare most often occurs on the fingers and ears. Some people report mild itching.
Acanthosis nigricans causes the skin in body folds and creases to become dark, thick, and velvety. This skin problem usually develops in people who are very overweight. There’s no cure, but losing weight may improve the skin’s appearance. If you have the condition and haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes, take immediate action. Acanthosis nigricans usually appears before diabetes strikes.
So how can I treat these diabetic skin problems?
While topical creams and medications may help relieve the symptoms temporarily, the only way to really get rid of the problem for good is to treat the root of the problem – diabetes.
And how do we treat diabetes? By taking control of our blood sugar levels!
How can I control my blood sugar level effectively?
The most effective way to control blood sugar levels is by making healthy lifestyle changes that are sustainable in the long-run.
So what positive lifestyle changes should I make?
Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. Whether you are at a healthy weight or not, follow the Manna Diet.
Increase your physical activity, even just by doing 30 minutes of exercise 4 times a week.
Drink plenty of water, the rule of at least 8 glasses a day is a good and easy one to follow.
Manna Blood Sugar Support –
Take a supplement like the Manna Blood Sugar Support to help keep blood sugar levels under control. It helps the body to slow-release the sugar from the food we eat. This means that blood sugar spikes and sugar crashes are eliminated, and energy levels stay balanced for longer. It can also help minimise cravings, which can help to put a stop unmindful eating.
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- Helping to keep energy levels constant.
- Even blood sugar levels can help to prevent diabetic health complications.
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