Did You Know Diabetes Can Massively Affect Your Skin? Read What The Expert Has To say.

Were you aware of the various side effects that diabetes can have on your skin? Read to find out! 

Riddhi Kaushik
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The one problem that turns out to be the root of several other issues in the body is diabetes. We are often very scared of getting diabetic which is why we regularly indulge in blood tests and health checkups. However, did you know that diabetes is also fatal for your skin?

To understand the impact that diabetes has on your skin, read what Dt. Shikha Mahajan, Holistic Nutritionist, and Founder of Diet Podium has to say.

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Diabetes can damage your skin as well as other parts of your body. When your skin starts to show signs of diabetes, it's usually a warning that your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. This could imply the following:

  • You have diabetes or pre-diabetes that hasn't been diagnosed.
  • Your diabetic treatment has to be tweaked.

Yellow, Reddish, Or Brown Patches On Your Skin

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Small raised firm bumps that resemble pimples are common symptoms of this skin disorder. These pimples become bloated, hard patches of skin as time goes on. You might also notice that the surrounding skin has a porcelain-like sheen to it. The skin condition goes through phases of activity, inactivity, and reactivation.

Dark Area Of The Skin Feels Like Velvet

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You may have too much insulin in your blood if you have a black patch (or band) of velvety skin on the back of your neck, armpit, groin, or elsewhere. This is a common symptom of prediabetes.

Hard, Thickening Skin

On the backs of your hands, you'll notice tight, waxy skin. The thickening skin begins on the face and progresses to the shoulders and chest. The skin around the knees, ankles, and elbows can thicken in rare situations, making it difficult to straighten your leg, point your foot, or bend your arm.

Skin Infections

Diabetes patients are more prone to skin infections. You'll notice one or more of the following symptoms if you have a skin infection: Skin that is hot, swollen, and painful. Itchy rash with small blisters, dry scaly skin, or a white discharge that resembles cottage cheese. This infection can appear anywhere on your body, including between your toes, around one or more nails, and on your scalp.

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Open Sores And Wounds

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Long-term high blood sugar (glucose) levels can cause poor circulation and nerve damage. If you've had uncontrolled (or poorly controlled) diabetes for a long period, you may have developed these. Your body's ability to repair wounds might be hampered by poor circulation and nerve damage.

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Shin Spots

This skin ailment generates spots (and occasionally lines) on the skin that produce a barely visible depression. It typically develops on the shins. It can appear on the arms, thighs, trunk, or other parts of the body in rare circumstances.

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