Type 2 Diabetes - Protecting Your Skin Is Vital

People diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes often see an assortment of skin problems associated with their disease. But just because skin issues are prevalent with diabetes, it does not necessarily mean you will definitely acquire them. In fact, there is much a diabetic can do to lessen the possibility of developing even one of these skin conditions.

But please be aware... healthy skin patches itself up rather quickly. If you notice a cut, sore, wound or blister that does not begin to heal after a couple of days treatment, please consult your pharmacist or doctor.

By far, the easiest and best advice that can be given for overall skin care is to keep your blood sugar levels within normal levels or the levels agreed to with your doctor. Yes, elevated blood sugar can negatively impact your skin!

High blood sugar levels can cause dry skin. Why? Too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time causes the body to try to get rid of the sugar by excreting it via extra urine production. Loss of fluid can cause dry skin, which can lead to:

    cracking, and even
    possible infections.

This leads to the feet of diabetics, an area prone to skin ailments. Keeping an eye on this area is vitally important. The skin of the feet should remain properly moisturized. Do not apply creams or any lotions in-between your toes as extra moisture in this area can create an environment for foot problems to develop.

Where bathing is concerned:

    draw a warm bath, not a hot bath. Many resources recommend a temperature no higher than 105 degrees which is just a few degrees higher than body temperature.
    hot water can help make dry skin more dry, and could also cause a burn.
    it's not a good idea to dip your foot into the bathtub to check the water temperature. A burn to your foot could take a long time to heal. Use the back of your hand to test the water.
    use a mild moisturizing soap and a soft wash-cloth to provide light friction. Don't forget to wash between your toes, armpits, etc.
    staying in the water too long can further dry your skin.
    patting your skin dry is more helpful to protecting your skin than rubbing it. Pay particular attention to the body folds where you are more likely to develop fungal infections.
    applying a moisturizing lotion just after bathing will help lock in some of the moisture from the bath. Use a good quality lotion, often the lesser quality ones contain drying agents such as alcohol. A lotion containing vitamin E could be helpful. Take care to not apply lotion where there are folds.

Further skin care tips include:

    do not smoke,
    stay hydrated daily by drinking plenty of water,
    use a sunscreen when outside,
    use a humidifier in your home during dry weather, and
    don't hesitate to see your doctor when you discover any skin issues.

How do you start to create a healthy lifestyle today so you can protect your skin 24 hours a day?

Article Source: Beverleigh H Piepers

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