Good Skin Care and Diabetes and why diabetes is associated with poor skin health.
People with diabetes are prone to dry skin, particularly when blood glucose levels are high. Researchers believe that the body may actually “rob” the skin of moisture to reduce glucose levels. This causes skin to become dry which can crack and itch, leading to infections.The higher blood glucose will support bacterial growth so making infection more difficult to control. In fact, approximately 70% of surgical amputations done in Canada are performed on diabetes patients who have developed infections through cracks or breaks in extremely dry skin.
Increased urination in diabetics reduces moisture available to the skin and increased thickness of skin cells.Intact normal skin is the best barrier to infection, a thickened skin common to diabetics makes skin more susceptible to infection. A useful analogy might be to compare the water restraining ability of clay with pebbles. Diabetes also results in reduced blood circulation to the skin (microangiopathy) which means infected skin will take longer to heal.
Keeping your skin moisturized when you have diabetes is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin problems. Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion will help achieve this.
Here are some other ways you can prevent skin problems with diabetes:
If you notice any skin problems, always seek advice from your GP