How diabetes affects your skin
Diabetes comes with a whole host of medical problems, but skin issues are not usually the first thing to pop into people's heads when they of the dangers of diabetes.
That being said, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) actually suggests that skin problems are often the first visible symptom of diabetes.
Diabetes can manifest itself into a wide array of different skin diseases.
One of the most common and visible signs of diabetes is development of a dark ring around the back of the neck. This is called acanthosis nigricans.
While common, it is one of the more harmless skin issues that can occur as a result of diabetes.
Some of the more dangerous and unpleasant skin problems include:
- toenail infections
- red pus filled bumps
What causes skin problems in diabetics
Having chronically high blood sugar levels is often associated with poor circulation, which reduces blood flow to the skin, as well as causing damage to blood vessels and nerves.
The decreased circulation can also affect the skin's collagen production, which can cause skin to become weak and increase your sensitivity to temperature and pressure.
All of these things together can lead to skin which has a very poor ability to heal itself, which means that minor cuts, scrapes, and infections can become serious medical concerns.
What to do
The best thing you can do for your skin health (and overall health!) is to work on getting your blood sugar levels under control, which can ultimately lead to diabetes remission.
This can be done in a number of ways, but the most common natural way is through use of a low-carb diet.
Carbs break down into sugar, which spikes blood sugar levels. When you reduce carbohydrate intake, you reduce the amount of sugar that enters your body. This has the effect of naturally lowering your blood sugar levels.
When done right, a low carb diet can actually put diabetes into remission.
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