Type 2 diabetes is known to be a common condition, but many suffer from it without realizing it.
Symptoms of this chronic disease can affect different parts of the body, but because they do not make the person feel unwell, it can be difficult to identify them early.
Among the most common symptoms of the disease are urinating more than usual, especially at night, feeling thirsty all the time, and identifying symptoms of the condition can help to avoid complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage and heart disease, and for this it is also important to recognize the less common signs as well.
Dry and cracked skin is one of the signs of diabetes that you should look for, and the other two factors are: diabetic dermopathy and acanthosis nigricans, according to Diabetes.co.uk.
Diabetic dermatopathy is defined as a common skin problem for people with diabetes, and it appears as patches of light brown or red color, oval in shape or rounded, and spreads mostly on the legs.
The site adds: “black thistle, more common among Hispanic people and African Americans, and causes brown and black lesions under the skin.” It is an increase in pigmentation in the skin, and is usually found in the folds of the body such as the neck, armpits, navel and others.
Among the other symptoms of type 2 diabetes that must be recognized:
- Unintended weight loss
- Itching around the genital areas
- Wounds are slow to heal
- Blurred vision
Skin care is an important factor for people with diabetes, and according to Diabetes.co.uk, the low sensitivity of nerves and blood circulation in people with diabetes can often make it difficult to detect emerging skin problems.
Diabetes Tips site explains: “People with diabetes may experience more fluid loss from the body due to high blood glucose levels, which may lead to dry skin on the legs, elbows, feet, and other areas of the body.
He added: “If dry skin cracks, germs can reach these areas and cause infection, which means that skin care is necessary.”
And the site continued: “If it is not checked regularly, even minor skin care problems can develop into serious complications of diabetes, such as diabetic foot ulcers and even amputation.”
The site pointed out that: “Maintaining the skin, especially in the feet, in good condition should be a priority for diabetics.”