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How can diabetes affect my skin?

Many skin conditions are common, but people with diabetes get more easily. These include bacterial infections, fungal infections and itching. Here's how diabetes can hurt your skin:

  • If your blood glucose is high, your body loses fluid. With less fluid in your body, your skin can get dry. Dry skin can crack and peel and allow germs to enter. 
  • Nerve damage from diabetes can decrease the amount you sweat. Sweating helps keep your skin soft and moist. Decreased sweating can cause dry skin.

Other skin problems happen mostly or only to people with diabetes. These include diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, diabetic blisters and eruptive xanthomatosis.

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