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.
Why is it important to consider a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes for a symptom as minor as itching? When itching is caused by poor blood flow due to high glucose levels. You may notice that it starts with your feet and lower leg area. After time, for me, it was my whole body that seemed to itch.
As you search for information on improving dry skin for diabetes, you will see advertisements for lotions and moisturizers directly marketed for diabetics. You may learn to avoid taking hot showers and use gentle soaps to help keep your skin moist.
All of these steps may help, unfortunately, it does not fix the underlying issue of high glucose levels.
In addition to dry and itchy skin, you probably have other diabetes symptoms. I suggest switching gears and begin lowering your glucose levels. A good first step is to consider how you start your day. Are you skipping breakfast? If not, are you carb loading thinking you have all day to work it off?
Neither of these options are typically good strategies. It’s important to think about getting necessary vitamins and minerals through good nutrition. I hope this does not have you thinking about the next best diet. Making overall lifestyle changes to support good eating habits is a long-term win-win solution.
Moisturizers, even the most expensive, never fixed my dry skin and itching. It was when I made lifestyle changes to reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes did the itching stop.
If you have dry skin, does it mean you have diabetes? Not necessarily, however, getting tested for diabetes is a great first step.