How Diabetes Affects the Skin


Cindy Kuzma

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They say beauty is only skin deep. But dark patches, blisters, and blemishes often indicate a problem that reaches far beneath the surface. Skin problems may alert your doctor to the fact that you have diabetes before you have any other signs. And after you’re diagnosed with diabetes, continued skin problems may mean your condition isn’t under control.

Fortunately, you can prevent many diabetes-related skin problems by keeping your blood sugar in check. Inspect the entire area of your skin regularly, and report any changes or concerns to your doctor right away.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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