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Three skin disorders linked to elevated blood sugar levels are among the symptoms of type 2 diabetes

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    If a diabetic’s blood sugar level is high, he or she is more likely to lose body fluids. This can result in dry patches of skin that split or crack, putting you at risk of infection.

    The international diabetes community is raising awareness of necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD), a skin disorder in which lesions occur on the lower legs. The patches are described as “shiny” and “red-brown” in color and can range in size from 1-2mm. These little patches might become larger and larger over time, becoming increasingly yellow in color. In a study conducted by MH Lowitt and JS Dover, the presence of NLD was found to be associated with the onset of diabetes in 15% of patients.

    In the same study, 60 percent of patients with NLD had been diagnosed with diabetes before the skin disease appeared.

    Meanwhile, NLD appeared in 25% of the patients at the same time as the development of diabetes.

    The development of NLD has been linked to blood vessel damage, which is common in people with high blood sugar levels.

    Acanthosis nigricans is another skin disorder linked to high blood sugar levels.

    Although acanthosis nigricans is a common skin disorder, it is classified as “one of the signs of diabetes.”

    Darkened skin patches appear around the neck, armpits, groin, and the joints of the fingers and toes.

    Those darker patches of skin may itch and have a leathery or velvety feel to them.

    Controlling blood sugar levels can aid in the reduction of acanthosis nigricans symptoms.

    Diabetic dermopathy can occur in persons with high blood sugar levels, according to the American Diabetes Association.

    “Light brown, scaly spots” that are oval or circular in shape characterize this skin disorder.

    Patches of diabetic dermopathy appear on the shins and are easily mistaken for age spots.

    The marks may appear and disappear, but they normally appear on both shins at the same time and measure 2.5cm or less, according to Medical News Today.

    Blood sugar levels that are consistently high can lead to additional health problems over time.

    Damage to blood vessels, for example, can result in heart attacks or strokes, both of which are life-threatening events.

    If type 2 diabetes is not controlled, people with high blood sugar levels are in danger of losing their vision.