Skin Complications Of Diabetes – Everyone has heard the phrase “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Well, skin may the window to gut health. Patients with psoriasis, dry skin, eczema, rosacea or other similar skin disorders, often have an unhealthy gut. Skin is like the lining of the gut turned inside out. Once balance is brought back to the gut by eliminating toxins, allergens, and addressing any “leaky gut” issues, the skin clears up nicely.
Patients who used pharmaceutical creams for years and have been unable to clear up their problems may be amazed how quickly skin can clear up simply by getting their gut health to return.
Skin Complications Of Diabetes
Diabetics should be aware that every part of their body is susceptible to problems, including the skin. Conditions range from itching to bacterial infections. Early treatment can help prevent some of the skin conditions from developing into serious issues.
Specifically, diabetes can cause disorders such as Vitiligo and Scleredema Diabeticorum. Vitiligo creates skin discoloration by destroying the cells that hold the pigmentation. Areas that may become affected are the nostrils, mouth, eyes, chest and abdomen. A more rare condition is Scleredema Diabeticorum. This disorder causes the skin to thicken around the upper back and neck areas.
Bacterial infections are more prevalent for those with diabetes. The types of infections include boils, carbuncles, folliculitis, nail infections and styes.
Fungal infections often affect people with diabetes through Candida Albicans – a yeast-like fungus that may develop into a rash that is itchy and surrounded by small blisters. Yeast infections also include jock itch and vaginal infections.
Another Diabetic Factor That Creates Skin Issues
Dry skin may be a result of poor circulation. Often when the body is deprived of proper blood flow, the legs may suffer the most. This can happen to diabetics when the blood flow decreases due to sugar-based complexes building up in the smaller blood vessels. Also, when too much fat in the blood builds in the larger blood vessels, individuals may suffer from circulation problems. Plaque builds by attaching to the walls and the blood vessels are narrowed.
Solutions To Healthier Skin
The key factor to healthy skin is keeping diabetes under control. Your nutrition and healthy blood glucose levels will help decrease the chances of skin problems. Apex Physical Medicine takes a holistic approach to your health concerns. Call to schedule an appointment today!
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