- Among the many symptoms of the Type 2 diabetes, there are 3 symptoms found on the skin that may serve as an alert that you have high blood sugar levels.
- People are advised to consult their doctor if they notice the skin on the back of their hands, or fingers and toes to be tight and waxy.
- Another symptom is a skin disease called necrobiosis lipodica that look like reddish or brown pimples developing on your skin.
Four million people in the UK are affected by diabetes, of which 90 percent suffer from type 2 diabetes. It is a common condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin, or the body is not reacting to insulin. Due to insufficient insulin, the body fights to turn sugar in the blood into useable energy.
While symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness or passing more urine than the usual, the following three unusual but painful skin symptoms may be a warning that you could be at risk of high blood sugar.
1. Yellowish-brown skin patches
One of the early signs of diabetes is the appearance of yellowish-brown patches on your skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the condition is known as necrobiosis lipodica often starts as small, raised bumps on the skin looking like pimples. They soon develop into swollen and hard patches of yellow, reddish or brown skin surrounded by a shiny porcelain-like appearance. The skin disease is known to go through cycles of active-inactive-and active again.
Although the skin condition is harmless, it is best to consult with a dermatologist because it can lead to complications.
2. Thick, waxy skin
Skin that is tight and waxy can also be caused by diabetes. It usually starts on the back of the hands, fingers, toes or both. It spreads and develops on the forearms, upper arms, upper back, shoulders, chest and neck.
“The fingers can become stiff and difficult to move. If diabetes has been poorly controlled for years, it can feel like you have pebbles in your fingertips,” the AAD added.
3. Spots on the shin
If you find spots or lines on your shins, you could be at risk of diabetes.
Known as diabetic dermopathy, the condition is very common among people with high blood sugar levels. Typically, a barely noticeable depression develops in the skin and can also be found on the arms, thighs or other parts of the body.
They are very common in people with high blood sugar.
If you notice spots on your shins that look like lines, tell your doctor.
Your physician may suggest changes in your medications if you already have diabetes. Otherwise, they may advise you to check your blood sugar readings through a blood test.