Dry Skin Treatment for Diabetics
can diabetics do to help their skin conditions? This is an article
about one skin care solution. There are many skin care products to
choose from and always consult your doctor before making any choices.
Skin problems and
diabetes are so closely associated that diabetes is often first
diagnosed by dermatologists. Several changes to the skin, including
boils, blisters called ‘diabetic bullae’, skin tags, dark skin around
the neck and fingers, and dry skin, indicate the possibility of
What is diabetes and how does it cause skin problems? Many think
diabetes is the result of eating too much sugar. In fact, it is a
problem with the immune system. In a healthy body, specialized cells
(called beta cells) manufacture insulin in the pancreas. Insulin is a
hormone responsible for transporting glucose to the cells. The body then
burns the glucose, creating carbon dioxide, water and energy. The body
cannot maintain a healthy condition without this process. In type one
diabetes, the immune system attacks beta cells – mistaking them for
invaders. In type two diabetes, insulin is still manufactured, but in
quantities below the needs of the body.
Diabetes causes damage to several organs,
and to blood vessels and small nerves. This, in turn, promotes dry skin.
In diabetics it is vital to take care of dry skin as it can lead to
serious infections and ulceration.
Although discovering that one has diabetes can be frightening, it is
often manageable by maintaining proper weight, eating a good diet, and
exercising. Also, although there is no proven cure as yet, research in
the area has progressed and scientists are hopeful that there may be a
cure in the near future.
Until that time, diabetics need to take care of their skin. Doctors
always include a daily skin care routine in their recommendations. Dry
skin treatment for a diabetic starts with controlling environmental
factors such as keeping the temperature as low as is comfortable,
increasing humidity, wearing gloves when using any kind of solvent,
avoiding extremely hot baths and showers, and wearing clothes made of
Keeping the skin moist is also very important. However, most
moisturizers contain ingredients that cause the skin to produce less
moisture. A good
has been found to be most effective as a
MacTaggart is a freelance writer based in Clearwater, Florida
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