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Diabetes and your Skin

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Diabetes can affect every part of your body, including your skin. Diabetes that is not well controlled can damage blood vessels and nerves. Damage to blood vessels can make it hard for blood to flow to tissues and organs. A lack of blood flow to your skin can cause sores that are hard to heal. People with diabetes also have a higher risk for bacterial skin infections. Skin sores and infections can be hard to heal, or become life- or limb-threatening, if not treated early.


Call your doctor or care team provider if:

Prevent skin sores:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Follow up with your doctor or diabetes care team providers as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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