Fact or Fiction: Diabetes and Skin Care

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In addition to dietary concerns, diabetics also have to worry about skin conditions caused by fluctuating blood sugar. Take this quiz to learn about common diabetic skin conditions -- and what you can do to keep your skin healthy.

A little less than 20 percent of the American population has diabetes, and it's most common in people aged 60 or older.

Both options are half right. About 8 percent of the population is diabetic, but it does strike people aged 60 or older most often.

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Most people who have diabetes also have some kind of skin problem.

Diabetics have high blood sugar levels, which can affect the skin in many ways -- about one-third of diabetics have skin issues.

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Oily skin is one of the most common skin problems among diabetics.

One of the ways your body tries to correct high blood sugar is to excrete excess glucose in urine. This leads to a loss of moisture in your body and skin.

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Excess glucose in the bloodstream can also lead to infection.

Glucose-rich blood provides a good environment for bacteria to multiply, which can lead to infection.

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A common area for diabetic skin problems is the hands.

You should actually worry most about your feet if you're diabetic.

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Skin problems occur on the feet because of gravity -- your blood can start to collect down there.

Air doesn't circulate around your feet as much as it does around the rest of your body, so there's less chance for infections to clear out. You also might not notice foot infection as quickly.

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High blood sugar can also lead to nerve damage.

High blood sugar leads to reduced blood supply to the skin, which can cause diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage. It can contribute to skin problems by making it difficult to feel pain and notice infections, especially in places such as your feet.

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One common skin condition is diabetic dermopathy: scaly patches on the feet and hands.

Nope, your legs are what get the scaly patches that characterize diabetic dermopathy. It's common but relatively harmless.

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If you have diabetes, you should be extra careful to dry off completely after a shower or bath.

It is important to keep your skin moisturized, but you should do that with lotion, not by leaving your skin damp. It's very important to dry off.

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The best way to keep diabetic skin conditions at bay is to control your blood-sugar levels.

You shouldn't have too many skin problems if you control your diabetes with monitoring, healthy eating and regular exercise.

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