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Diabetes Symptoms, Dry Skin and Itching

Dry and itchy skin (pruritus) is a symptom of type 2 diabetes. Living in the winters of the Midwest, I never considered it a symptom, I thought it was cold weather-induced.

Dry skin seemed to be more of a nuisance than anything else. I can’t say it enough; our body gives us signs and warnings when there is an issue. Too many of us ignore these signs or do not extensively pursue to determine the root cause, I know I missed the mark on that.

Hearing Loss Attributed to Diabetes

Diabetes is yet again tied to another health issue that can be confused with the sign of aging. Let’s begin to understand that diabetes is a systemic problem. We have it burned into our brains that diabetes is a sugar problem. In a manner of speaking it is. But it goes much deeper than that.

Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to result in hearing loss. Prediabetes patients are 30 percent more likely to result in hearing loss than non-prediabetic patients.

May is Healthy Vision Month, See How Diabetes Affects Your Eyesight

See How Diabetes Effects Your Eyes

Our eyes are precious. I hope you never lose sight of how diabetes can affect them. It’s too easy to believe your eyesight is changing due to aging or reasons outside of diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication that affects your eyes due to type 1 and 2 diabetes. This is driven by damage to the blood vessels on the retina.

Did you know you can avoid, slow the progression, and possibly reverse some symptoms of diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes. Let’s review some of the symptoms:

Diabetes, The Result of Skin Issues

Skins Issues Caused by Type 2 Diabetes

The underlying reason for skin issues can be related to type 2 diabetes. It can reflect how you are managing this disease.

Thick or dark pigmented patches of skin, lesions, diabetic blisters, or unhealed sores can be common skin conditions due to type 2 diabetes. These may be around the elbow and forearms, and the lower leg area.

Diabetes Rates Increase

Diabetes Drugs

Diabetes is still misunderstood by many. National Diabetes Statistics Report in 2017 from the CDC indicate 30.3 million people had diabetes in 2015. That’s approximately 9.4% of the U.S. population. That is an increase from 2012 where 29.1 million had diabetes. Previous to that, in 2010, 25.8 million people had diabetes. In 1980, 5.6 million people were diagnosed with diabetes.

There are two paths we can follow. Either my first statement is accurate, that diabetes is still misunderstood, or, proper patient care is misguided.

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