how to protect skin against cold

How should diabetics protect their skin against the cold?

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

With the upcoming winter months come the holidays and cold, dry wind. Unfortunately for all of us, this season usually comes along with irritated, dry skin. However, did you know that diabetics are more susceptible to dry skin than others?

Why are diabetics more likely to suffer from dry skin?

Diabetics are more likely to suffer from dry, irritable skin for several reasons. Due to high glucose levels in the blood stream, a diabetic’s body will pull the extra moisture from the skin in order to produce urine and force the extra glucose out of the body. The extra moisture that comes from the skin is taken from the outer-most layer. This causes the itchiness, redness, and irritation that is commonly associated with dry skin.

How does someone prevent this skin issue?

Take a look at a few ways you can prevent irritable skin:Flents Diabetic Body Care Lotion

  1. First of all, you should check the glucose levels of your blood. This can be done by using test strips with a blood glucose meter. If your glucose levels are out of range, you should talk to your health care professional about how to adjust them.
  2. Also, there are a variety of lotions which keep the outer layer of your skin moisturized and can be found very easily online.
  3. Another way to prevent dry skin is to minimize your skin’s contact with the cold, dry air by wearing protective clothing like jackets, gloves, and scarves.

As you can see, dry skin is very avoidable if you know how to protect yourself against it.

Hopefully you can use this information through this season to help prevent discomfort. If you found this helpful, please share it with your friends. Don’t forget to shop at DiabeticCare for all of your diabetes supplies and needs.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 1-16-2013, 11:00 AM

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