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Skin Problems Associated with Diabetes

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Diabetes is the most common endocrine disorder found in primary care, affecting 8.3% of the population. Skin disorders are found in 79.2% of people with diabetes and mostly in type 2 diabetes. The most common skin manifestations are cutaneous infections (47.5%), xerosis (dry skin) (26.4%), and inflammatory skin diseases (20.7%). Cutaneous disease can appear as the first sign of diabetes or may develop at any time in the course of the disease. Some systemic diseases are treated with drugs which may also cause skin problems. Poorly controlled diabetes and patients on multiple medications because of their diabetes are more likely to develop skin problems. All patients presenting with skin infections should have their blood sugar or HbA1c checked, looking for undiagnosed diabetes.


  • Diabetes
  • Infection
  • Drugs
  • Necrobiosis lipoidica
  • HbA1c
  • Hyperglicemia
  • Xerosis
  • Acanthosis nigricans
  • Granuloma annulare

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Buckley, D. (2021). Skin Problems Associated with Diabetes. In: Buckley, D., Pasquali, P. (eds) Textbook of Primary Care Dermatology. Springer, Cham.

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