Diabetic Skin Complications

Diabetes Type 1 makes not exception and can affect the entire body – including the skin.

The scary truth is that skin problems develop in as much as a third of people with diabetes type 1.

Let’s take a look at a few of the skin problems caused by type 1.


I remember this one all too well. My skin use to itch from my knees down to my feet. It felt like my skin was on fire. Although itchy skin can be caused by many things, we diabetics will struggle with yeast infections, dry skin and poor circulation which can all be tied back to type 1. Like in my case poor blood circulation was the culprit, which caused my lower legs to be the itchiest part of my body. Try to be gentle on your skin when this happens, maybe use milder soap to start with and always moisturize your skin.

Diabetic Blisters

Not as common but still a possibility. Small blisters erupt occur on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet, and sometimes on the legs or forearms. They resemble burn blisters and mine occurred on the front of my upper thighs. If you have diabetic neuropathy, this puts you at a higher risk of getting these blisters. But they are in most cases painless and heal on their own in a few weeks.

Neuropathy Skin Problems

A common Type 1 symptom is called neuropathy, which is nerve damage caused by diabetes. You  will experience loss of sensation or feeling in your feet. I struggle with my right foot only. It is something I always try to keep in check because if I step on something and hurt or cut my foot or even get a blister, chances are I might not feel it. This could end up as a foot ulcer and if not healed correctly could lead to much bigger problems.  It’s vital to inspects your feet daily to make sure they are not injured in any way.

Bacterial Infections

Most common bacterial skin problems that tend to trouble people with diabetes include eyelid styes, boils and nail infections. The tell tale sign is that the area around the infection will be hot, red, painful, and swollen.

Fungal Infections

Diabetics are extremely susceptible to fungal infections. This yeast-like fungus creates a red, itchy rash, frequently surrounded by small blisters that are usually found in the warm, moist areas like armpits or toes. Others include ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and vaginal infections.

Keeping blood glucose under control is the only way to prevent and treat this skin problem.

These are just to name a few but there are more which I have not even covered. Now your next thought is ow to manage or treat these. The answer is simple – diet – exercise – hydration – and the most important one… blood sugar control!!!!

Personally I follow a keto or low carb diet, I exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, rink 2l of water everyday and check my blood sugar about 10 times a day.

Drop me a comment if you have experienced of the above or any others.

Look after yourself – There is only one you!

Diabetic Skin Complications

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