Health Tip: Protect Skin From Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- Skin problems are common in people with diabetes, but a good daily skin-care routine may offer some protection.

The American Diabetes Association suggests:

  • Control your diabetes well to prevent high blood sugar, which can worsen skin issues.
  • Moisturize skin well, and keep bath/shower lukewarm, not hot.
  • Promptly clean and care for any cuts or scrapes. Follow your doctor's instructions on use of an antibiotic ointment.
  • Increase the humidity in your home during the dry winter months, and avoid bathing every day. Stick to mild shampoo and soap.
  • Check and care for your feet every day.
  • Talk to your doctor about any skin care concerns.

-- Diana Kohnle

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