Could Your Dry Skin Be Due To Diabetes?

diabetes monthOctober is National Diabetes Awareness Month — a disease that affects an estimated  30 million Americans. Its pretty  well known that the high sugar levels of diabetes  has been linked to heart disease, strokes and blindness.  What is less well known is the impact of diabetes on the skin.

Elevated blood sugar affects  every organ so the body tries to flush out the sugar in urine and perspiration. This dehydrates the skin leading to  cracking and peeling.  This severely dehydrated skin becomes rough, thin and flaky.  It damages the outer layer of the skin so severely that  it no longer can act as a barrier aginst dirt and bacteria.  Not only does  it increase  chance of infections  diabetes makes  it harder for the body to fight infections.

Diabetes Skin Care and Protection

The best way to deal  with this type  uber type  skin of diabetes is with a   plan of prevention:

1. Keep  your blood sugar under control with diet, exercise and medication

2. Avoid long hot baths or showers

3.  Gently wash the body  with a mild, lower ph  rich soap like CereVe Hydrating Cleanser or Aveeno Moisturizing Bar with oatmeal.

4. After a short shower apply a soothing  fragrance free body lotion like Eucerin Diabetes Dry Skin  Relief Lotion or True Lipids Lotion with ceramides.

5. Drink water throughout the day  to keep the body hydrated

6.  Each morning make certain that you protect the skin with at least a 30 SPF  sunscreen.  The thinner diabetic skin  is  more suseptible to UV damage  and potentially skin cancer.  A hat  will provide extra coverage.  Head gear is especially helpful for men since a bald scalp is a common site for skin cancer appear.

7. Check  your feet and hands  for sores and reddened areas.  If they  persist more than 3 days, have them examined out by a doctor.  Small spots can become big  problems during diabetes.

 

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