Diabetes is a common condition that affects around four million people in the UK, and 90 per cent of cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. The condition could be caused by the body not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could be at risk of diabetes symptoms if you have any of these three warning signs on your skin.
Yellowish patches on the skin
Developing yellowish-brown patches on your skin could be an early warning sign of diabetes, it’s been claimed.
The condition, which is known as necrobiosis lipodica, often starts as small, raised bumps on the skin.
They may look similar to pimples, before developing into swollen and hard patches of skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology said: “The patches can be yellow, reddish, or brown.
“The surrounding skin has a shiny porcelain-like appearance. The skin disease goes through cycles where it is active, inactive, and then active again.
“See a dermatologist about your skin. Necorbiosis lipodica is harmless, but it can lead to complications.”
Hard, thick skin
Tight, waxy skin could also be caused by diabetes, added the American Academy of Dermatology.
It’s most likely to start on the back of the hands, but could also be found on the fingers, toes, or even both.
“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,” it said.
“Hard, thick, and swollen-looking skin can spread, appearing on the forearms and upper arms. It can also develop on the upper back, shoulders, and neck.
“Sometimes, the thickening skin spreads to the face, shoulders, and chest.”
You could be at risk of diabetes if you find spots, or lines, on your shins, it added.
They create a barely noticeable depression in the skin, but they are very common in people with high blood sugar.
The condition, which is known as diabetic dermopathy, usually appears not he shins, but could also be found on the arms, thighs or other areas of the body.
You should tell your doctor if you notice spots on your shins, that look a little bit like lines.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor may suggest changes to your medication. If you haven’t been diagnosed, they may suggest you have a blood test to check your blood sugar levels.