6 Skin Conditions That Could Signal Diabetes

Skin problems may signal early signs of diabetes and sometimes prediabetes. Uncontrolled or high blood sugars can cause secondary nerve or circulatory issues that show up on the skin. Learn more.

Some Skin Concerns Are More Common in People with Diabetes

Some Skin Concerns Are More Common in People with Diabetes
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Good glucose control is a treatment for diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica and diabetic blisters.

While some common skin concerns—fungal and bacterial infections and itching—can affect anyone, the following conditions are more common in people with diabetes: diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica, or diabetic blisters. When diabetes affects blood vessels that supply the skin with blood, it can cause a very common skin condition called diabetic dermopathy that often leaves light brown or red scaly patches on the shins.The patches do not hurt, blister or itch, and treatment generally is not necessary. "If you notice skin changes, visit a physician or dermatologist to see if the skin condition is indicative of diabetes.” says Misha Rosenbach, MD, assistant professor of dermatological medicine at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Regular skin exams are also a good way to spot highly-treatable skin cancers.
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