can affect all body systems, including skin.
Skin problems should be addressed and promptly treated to avoid serious consequences and complications.
Apart from bacterial and fungal infections dry skin
is more common in people with diabetes. Skin becomes flaky, sore and red.
Dry skin can be caused by high blood sugar levels because fluids are removed from the body via urination to help eliminate sugar. Nerve damage
, which can be caused by diabetes, can also cause dry skin because the process of sweating is hindered by nerves that cannot properly receive or relay the messages to sweat.
Another reason in people with diabetes is poor circulation in the arms and legs, a condition called peripheral vascular disease
. Additionally, as with neuropathy, poor circulation can cause a decrease in perspiration that keeps skin moist. Another blood flow condition causing dry skin is known as diabetic dermopathy, which involves scaly patches of skin resulting from damage to small blood vessels that supply the skin with blood.
Dry skin and diabetes can be a vicious cycle. If dry skin cracks, germs can enter and cause infection. High blood glucose
feeds germs and worsens the infection.An infection that doesn't heal because of poor circulation may lead to gangrene
, the death of tissue due to lack of blood.
Meticulous control of blood sugar levels.
Protection of feet and avoidance of injuries on feet
Use moisturising soaps,lotions and creams.
Drink plenty of fluids including water,to keep skin moist and healthy.
Be under guidance of your doctor regularly.