An important – yet often overlooked – part of efficient diabetes management is taking care of your skin.

An important – yet often overlooked – part of efficient diabetes management is taking care of your skin. According to Joslin Diabetes Center, many diabetics deal with dry skin, which can come about as a result of fluid loss due to high blood sugar. Diabetic neuropathy can also contribute to dry skin along the legs and feet, since it hinders the body’s ability to produce sweat in those areas.

Because dry skin can quickly transform from a minor nuisance into aninfected wound, people with diabetes need to be especially vigilant when it comes to practicing proper skincare. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:

Clean your body thoroughly every day

Global diabetes resource Diabetes.co.uk recommended showering with a mild soap each day. While cleaning yourself, make sure you’re lathering up every part of your body, including your back, neck and feet. When you’re done washing, be just as thorough during the drying process.

Diabetic foot ulcers

and friction-related injuries can be exacerbated by moisture, so be especially careful when drying your feet. The source recommended spending extra time making sure that the spaces under your arms and in between your toes are completely water-free.

Seek treatment for all lacerations

While people without diabetes might let small or moderate cuts heal completely on their own, those living with the disease cannot afford to be quite so casual. According to Joslin Diabetes Center, diabetics should treat all skin injuries immediately, no matter how small or insignificant they may appear, and cover them with wound dressing. Additionally, don’t hesitate to visit your clinician for skin-related issues, even if you’re confident you could treat them at home. It’s better to be overly cautious when practicing proper diabetes management.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is not only necessary for skin health but also for your overall well-being. As a diabetic, staying hydrated can help you lose weight, balance blood sugar and, of course, retain skin moisture. When upping your fluid intake, be sure you’re choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages, like water or tea, as opposed to sweetened, sugary drinks, such as juice and soda. The former will help you feel healthy and hydrated, while the latter may worsen existing medical problems.

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