DFYI-Skin Disease and Diabetes

I was first introduced to Necrobiosis Liopoidica Diabeticurom or NLD by a member of Tudiabetes.com, I didn’t understand the skin disease. The member gave the community a link to NLD and I was shocked, amazed and concerned.  After I watched a  video on Dlife Tv (click dlife link to see the video) about the same disease, it convinced me to do a DFYI on 2 skin disease’s associated with diabetes and the importance of keeping your blood sugar’s under tight control and how important it to maintaining a healthy weight.

The first skin disease I mentioned above, NLD is a rash that occurs (mostly) in women who have Type 1 diabetes.  NLD is a slightly red brown (raised) patches. NLD usually occurs more often in people with diabetes, in people with a family history of diabetes or a tendency to get diabetes. Still, the exact cause of NLD in not known. A similar condition that is often confused with NLD is granuloma annulare. Similar to the association of NLD and diabetes, it appears that a high percentage of persons with disseminated granuloma annulare have diabetes mellitus. The individual spots typically consist of a circular array of reddish to brown and slightly translucent bumps. 

Acanthosis Nigricans is most common in Type 2 diabetic’s and it is caused by weight gain and obesity. It is a thick dark layer of skin that can occur in the back of the neck, under the arms or the groin area.  Eating too much of the wrong foods, especially starches and sugars, can cause insulin resistance. This will result in elevated insulin levels. Most patients with acanthosis nigricans have a higher insulin level than those of the same weight without acanthosis nigricans. Elevated levels of insulin in most cases probably cause acanthosis nigricans. The elevated insulin levels in the body activates insulin receptors in the skin, forcing it to grow abnormally. Reducing the circulating insulin by dieting or medication can lead to improvement of the skin problem. 

Please be proactive in your healthcare and pay attention to your body.  If you don’t care, who will? It is very important to watch your body and if you notice any changes in your body to talk to your health care team. Early detection, controlling blood sugar’s and maintaining a healthy weight is the key. 

All information provided above was gathered from the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology website.


About Cherise

Diabetes (Type 1.5/LADA) has been living with me for about 4 years. I am using the Omnipod insulin delivery system and I love it. I am not going to say I don't have a bad pod every once in a while because it does happen. I am a wife, mother and I work full time. Thank you for stopping by please feel free to browse and leave a comment! View all posts by Cherise

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