AUGUST 2020
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DIABETES SKIN CARE
August is Psoriasis Awareness month. Psoriasis is an incurable, chronic skin disease affecting over 125 million people worldwide. Studies have shown that individuals with severe Psoriasis are 46 percent more likely to have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a co-morbidity of Psoriasis – meaning that one disease is often present at the same time as another condition. 

With it being Psoriasis Awareness month, it’s a good time to review how diabetes can affect your skin and proper skin care practices to keep skin healthy. 

Diabetes can affect skin in many ways; often time’s individuals with diabetes are diagnosed with skin related conditions – rashes, Candida Albicans, Acanthosis Nigricans and bacterial infections. 

Skin conditions related to diabetes can be as simple as dry skin and as complex as diabetic dermopathy, a condition that affects the small blood vessels on the front of the legs, which often develop discolored red or light brown patches of skin. 

Dry skin may come as a result of poor blood flow to the lower legs and feet, which can cause skin to itch. However, itchy skin with diabetes is often caused by a yeast infection. Candida Albicans is a fungus of itchy red rashes surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. This fungus is usually found in warm, moist folds of the skin. 

Acanthosis Nigiricans is another common skin condition in people with diabetes. It is a darkening and thickening of the skin, generally found on the sides of the neck, armpits and groin. It may also be seen on the hands, elbows and knees. 

Individuals with diabetes are highly prone to bacterial infections. Bacterial infections may come in the form of styes, boils and carbuneles of the skin and underlying tissue. These infections are red, hot, swollen and painful; they generally require treatment with antibiotic pills or cream. 

Proper skin care can help keep skin healthy and prevent infection and other skin complications that individuals with diabetes can be prone to. 
SKIN CARE TIPS
  • Keep your diabetes and blood glucose numbers well managed! The most important factor in keeping skin healthy is preventing diabetes-related skin complications. The better your diabetes is managed, the less likelihood of developing a diabetes-related skin issue.

  • Practice good nutrition, exercise and treatment adherence.

  • Keep skin clean and dry.

  • Shower or bathe with warm water, never hot! Use a moisturizing soap and pat yourself dry, do not rub.

  • Do not use bubble bath or soak for long periods of time in hot baths.

  • Give yourself frequent skin checks. Look for any red or sore spots and report them to your healthcare provider.

  • Keep your skin moisturized by using a good lotion or cream.

Proper diabetes self-management is the biggest prevention tool when it comes to reducing diabetic skin complications. Staying proactive through a healthy diet, exercise and treatment adherence will keep your blood glucose under control and reduce your chances of having diabetes related skin complications and other health issues. 
EYE HEALTH AWARENESS

August is Eye Health Awareness Month. For an individual with diabetes, a common eye health complication is cataracts. Those with diabetes face a sixty percent greater risk of developing cataracts in their lifetime.

Cataracts can be a result of aging, eye injury or medical conditions like diabetes. Cataracts affect over 24 million people in the United States alone. That number is expected to double by the year 2050.

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. Having a cataract can cause vision impairment. Individuals with cataracts can go from slight low vision to total blindness over a period of years. 

Symptoms of cataract can include blurred vision, impaired night vision and the appearance of halos while driving. 

Currently, surgery is the only approved method to treat and cure cataracts. Following surgery, vision may be restored after cataract removal and the addition of the new lens. 

Read below for tips to recognize eye issues, reduce the possibility of cataracts and reclaim and restore healthy eyesight.
EYE HEALTH TIPS
  • Get a yearly dilated eye exam; this is extremely important for individuals with diabetes.

  • Keep blood glucose within target goal range and practice good diabetes self-management.

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

  • Wear sunglasses and avoid looking directly at the sun.

  • Get out and exercise! Moving helps to lower blood glucose and keep blood glucose numbers in target range.

  • Stop smoking or never start smoking.

  • Keep blood pressure well controlled. High blood pressure can affect vision and eye health.

  • Keep cholesterol well managed.
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