Type 2 diabetes: Warning signs on your skin you shouldn’t ignore

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Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90 per cent of cases of diabetes and could be preventable by staying a normal weight, exercising regularly and eating properly. The rates of type 2 diabetes have increased markedly since 1960 and if the condition is left untreated, a person is at risk of developing serious health complications such as kidney failure, strokes and heart attacks. If your skin looks like this it could be an early symptom of diabetes.

A patch of small blisters on the skin could be an early symptom or a warning sign of a skin infection.

If a person gets constant skin infections it may be caused by underlying diabetes.

The skin may also feel hot or swollen, and blisters may appear along with weeping sores.

Diabetic blisters most often appear on the legs, feet and toes.

They can be as large as 6 inches and often described as looking like blisters that develop after a burn.

The cause for these blisters is unknown however a person is more likely to get diabetic blisters if their blood sugar levels aren’t well controlled.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association said: “Diabetes can affect many parts of the body, including the skin.

“When diabetes affects the skin, its often a sign that your blood sugar levels are too high.

“People who have diabetes tend to get skin infections.

“If you have a skin infection, you’ll notice either hot, swollen skin, itchy rash or a white discharge that looks like cottage cheese.”

Many people may be living with type 2 diabetes without even knowing it as the symptoms don’t necessarily make a person feel unwell.

You can however lower your risk of developing the disease or making it worse by following a healthy diet and getting as much exercise as possible.

If blood sugar levels are not adequately lowered, the medication metformin is typically recommended.

Many people may eventually also require insulin injections.

A person should speak with their GP if they notice redness around the blister, swelling, warmth radiating from the lesion, pain or a fever that accompanies the above symptoms.

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