Skin Problems with Diabetes

While skin complaints can be a curse for many of us, those who suffer from diabetes can be particularly prone to certain types of skin problem. High blood sugar levels can cause fluid loss in the body, which in turn can lead to dry sensitive skin which is easily damaged. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a common complaint for those with diabetes and interferes with the skin’s ability to produce sweat, which can help to keep skin supple.

This, combined with a slower rate of healing that is another side effect of elevated blood sugar levels, means the the skin of a diabetes patient requires extra tender loving care.

Protecting Your Skin

As a diabetes sufferer, you must always do what you can to shield your skin from the elements of nature. Wear sunscreen and lip balm during the summer months, and be sure to wrap up well in winter. Wind and rain can be very harsh on your dry skin, so be sure to dress suitably when the weather is bad.

Caring for Your Skin with Diabetes

Always use gentle cleansing products with diabetes, even if you have a skin condition such as acne; your doctor or dermatologist can recommend products that are suitable for use by diabetes patients. Do not soak the skin for long periods of time; take quick showers or baths, and be sure to use lukewarm water. Do not dry skin vigorously; instead pat dry. Using moisturizer can help keep your skin supple, but try to use unperfumed if you can, and be sure to massage it fully into the skin.

The American Lifestyle and the Diabetes Diet

Keeping your diet on track isn’t always easy for a person with diabetes. It’s especially difficult if, like many Americans, you’re the type of person who tries to cram 25 hours worth of things into a 24 hour day. For those with a hectic schedule, grabbing a meal on the go is a routine part of life. But how do you maintain your lifestyle while still keeping your diabetes under control through proper diet?

Making Plans for Your Diabetes Diet

The most important task a person with diabetes can perform is to create a daily meal plan. This plan is a guide that helps you monitor your diet. It tells you what types of food you can eat and how much you can eat in a day. Make sure your plan fits in with your busy schedule and “on the go” eating habits.

If you aren’t comfortable creating your own meal plan, talk to a doctor or dietitian. Not every person with diabetes has the same diet needs.

Tips for Monitoring Your Diabetes DietWhile on the Go

1. Gather information from local restaurants. You can easily find out what is put into your favorite meals if you just ask. Many restaurants can give you specific nutritional information, such as fat content and calories. After you have accumulated all of your information, create your own meal plan that fits best with your diabetes diet.

2. Many people with diabetes make the mistake of believing that their diet is under control if they always order a salad off the menu. This isn’t always true. In fact, a salad has the potential of being a bad diet choice for someone with diabetes. We are often tempted to pile on dressing, bacon bits, and other high fat products.

Guide to Healthy Eating