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Skin changes can be a symptom of diabetes

Dry skin, warts, darkening, and thickening in fold areas can be manifestations of a disease

The skin may warn you that you are in the prelude to diabetes or that you already have it, alert dermatologist Cristina Cortés Peralta.

Dry skin, warts, darkening and thickening in areas of folds such as neck, armpits, under the breasts, groin, and knuckles of the fingers are some of the indicators, details.

“These are changes in the skin that suggest that there is an alteration in the metabolism and sugar in the people who present it,” he explains.

However, these manifestations may also be due to other reasons, so, ideally, see a doctor.

In Mexico, according to the National Survey of Health and Nutrition 2018, 10.3 percent of the adult population has a diagnosis of diabetes, that is, 8.6 million people, however, there is a population that does not yet know that it suffers from this disease.

Acanthosis nigricans (darkening and thickening of fold regions) or warts are only predictors of possible diabetes, but neglecting the manifestations and not attending to them can lead to established diabetes with skin complications.

“Insulin resistance develops especially in individuals with an inadequate and overweight diet, precedes diabetes mellitus.

“Most Mexicans have very high genetics to suffer from diabetes, but we can delay the onset of the disease if we have a balanced diet and we are not sedentary,” says Cortés Peralta.

It is recommended to go to the family doctor first, as it is who can detect the early signs of metabolic changes, and then visit a dermatologist to diagnose skin manifestations associated with insulin resistance and diabetes.

What to do

If you have detected warning signs on your skin, consider:

-Ask your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

– Do not self-medicate.

– Do not carve or apply corrosive products on the skin to destroy warts or darkening.

– Change dietary habits.

– Improve food.

– Do at least three to four hours of aerobic exercise per week.

Source: Cristina Cortés Peralta, dermatology specialist