Daily Deals

Understanding Diabetes Complications: Foot and Skin Health

Understanding Diabetes Complications: Foot and Skin Health: Main Image
Foot and skin complications often start when a minor problem becomes major

If you have neuropathy that lessens your ability to feel pain in your hands or feet, you’re at increased risk of foot and skin problems. Poorly controlled blood sugar may lead to dry skin, slow healing, and decreased immune function, all of which can increase infection risk. Infections can arise from bacteria, viruses, fungus, or yeast.

Foot and skin complications often start when a minor problem becomes major. For example, you may not notice a small blister on your foot because neuropathy has dulled your ability to feel pain. If ignored, this blister can lead to a more serious infection. In addition, dry or itchy skin is susceptible to being opened up when scratched, which may allow infection to set in.

Watch for:

  • Infections or changes around the nails
  • Boils and blisters
  • Styes (eyelid gland infections)
  • Itchy, flaky skin areas
  • Changes in skin texture or color
  • Calluses and ulcers
  • Wounds that are slow to heal
  • Red, inflamed, hot, or swollen areas on the skin or feet

Everyone with diabetes should be screened for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. For people with type 2 diabetes, the first screening should happen at the time of diagnosis, and for people with type 1 diabetes, the first screening should happen five years after diagnosis. Screening should happen every year after that. In addition, all people with diabetes should have a yearly comprehensive foot exam.

The best way to keep your feet and skin in good health is to be very observant; check your feet daily and give your entire body a good look at least twice a week. Also, check hard-to-see areas, such as between your toes: ask a spouse, partner, or home healthcare provider to help with areas you can’t see, such as your back, or the bottoms of your feet.

Place special focus on keeping your feet clean and dry. Be sure to wash and dry between toes carefully. Wear appropriate, well-fitting footwear that cushions your feet, and comfortable, moisture-wicking socks.

Lifestyle is another cornerstone of maintaining good health, and of keeping foot and skin problems at bay. To prevent dry skin, avoid very hot showers and baths, keep your home more humid during cold, dry months, and use moisturizer. In addition, maintain blood sugar control, keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a healthy range, quit smoking, maintain a healthy body weight, eat a well-balanced diet, and if you're able to, engage in regular physical activity.

(Diabetes Care 2015;38:S62–S64)

Copyright © 2020 Healthnotes, Inc. All rights reserved. www.healthnotes.com

Learn more about Healthnotes, the company.

Sign up for coupons and more
Shop Ortho Molecular
Pure Encapsulations
Diamond Formulations
Douglas Laboratories
Thorne Research
Integrative Therapeutics
Neuro Science
Vital Nutrients
Designs For Health
Progressive Labs
Allergy Research Group
Designs For Health
Nutra BioGenesis
DaVinci Laboratories
Genestra Brands
See All Brands
Click for the BBB Business Review of this Vitamins & Food Supplements in Sarasota FL
Alert Site

*Our FREE SHIPPING (includes all US addresses, US territories and US Military addresses, including AK, HI, PR, and VI) is generally sent Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, via priority mail or first class mail from the US Postal Service or UPS Ground, at our discretion. Shipping transit times are generally between 2-7 business days, excluding holidays. We reserve the right to charge a shipping fee if an alternative method is requested. Learn more here.

Please Note: Professional Supplement Center assumes no risk or liability for your use or misuse of information contained on this website. Health related and label information change frequently, and while every attempt has been made to ensure that the content on this site is accurate, product infomation changes are subject to change without notice. Additionally, to comply with our return policy, the label should be reviewed prior to opening a product. You should always check with a healthcare practitioner before taking any supplements.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
This site is not owned or operated by either Metagenics, Inc. or NeuroScience Inc.
Douglas Laboratories' logo, text, graphics, and photo images are the property of HVL LLC dba Douglas Laboratories and are used with permissions. Copyright © 2020.
Pure Encapsulations' logo, text, graphics, and photo images are the property of Pure Encapsulations, Inc. and are used with permissions. Copyright © 2020.

© Copyright 2020 Professional Supplement Center, LLC, 5441 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, FL 34233. All rights reserved. Local time is 1/28/2020 8:57:11 AM.