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Don’t ignore these 5 Signs on skin, they indicate high blood sugar

High blood sugar or hyperglycemia is the result of the body not using insulin properly or producing too little insulin. Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most prevalent of non infectious diseases in the modern world. The lack of exercise, intake of refined, processed food and high stress levels have a synergistic impact on our health.They are responsible for a number of lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes and some autoimmune diseases. Our hectic lifestyle leaves little time to exercise and cook nutritious food at home, which can lead to high blood sugar or diabetes, a life-long condition associated with multiple complications and decreased quality of life. It requires constant management with hypoglycemic drugs and insulin. The life-threatening complications include sepsis, kidney failure, heart disease, nerve damage, and oral health deterioration.

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Don’t ignore these 5 Signs on skin, they indicate high blood sugar

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Here are five skin symptoms that might be a sign that you have high blood sugar–

Dark Skin

Thickened and hyperpigmented skin is the first sign of diabetes in a person. 
The condition is known as Acanthosis Nigricans which causes velvety, tanned skin. Patches of grey, black, and brown skin can appear on the neck, armpits, groin, hands, elbows, and knees, which feel velvety to touch.

Fungal Infections

People with high blood sugar usually have fungal infections caused by Candida albicans. Often, these infections occur in warm, moist folds of the skin, causing itchy rashes that are moist, red, and surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. This yeast-like fungus creates itchy rashes. It is particularly common to get it under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers and toes, in the corners of the mouth, under the foreskin, and under the armpits and groin.

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Generally, this is the most common type of skin condition associated with high blood sugar. It results from poor circulation, dry skin, and infection in the lower extremities, especially. The itchiest part of the body might be the lower parts of the legs.

Bacterial Infections 

A bacterial infection is likely to cause inflammation in the skin and cause it to become hot, swollen, red, and painful. Infections due to staphylococcus are most common and they include boils, folliculitis, carbuncles, and nail infections.

Diabetic Dermopathy

Skin problems such as diabetic dermopathy are caused by changes in small blood vessels. A diabetic dermopathy can appear as pale brown, scaly patches that may be oval or circular. Some people mistake these for age spots. Usually, both legs are affected by this disorder, but they may not be affected equally. These patches don't itch, open, or hurt.

These signs may indicate the presence of high blood sugar.Diabetes is a lifestyle condition and can be managed with right advice, information and care. Please seek advice of the doctor in case you suspect a high blood pressure or have the above skin conditions.