Diabetes and Skin Care (Part 2)

By Amy Campbell | March 10, 2008 12:57 pm

Last week (in "Diabetes and Skin Care [Part 1]"), we looked at several kinds of skin conditions that can affect people with diabetes. This week, we’ll take a closer look at ways to help keep your skin in tip-top condition. Skin health is important not just so that you can look good, but also because it can prevent problems from forming, such as infections.

You may be wondering what the big deal is about skin care if you have diabetes. Isn’t it enough to just wash yourself daily? Well, think back to what you’ve ever learned about skin. Your skin:

Any assaults to the skin, such as cuts, ulcerations[1], blisters, dehydration, and even complications[2] such as neuropathy[3] can open up a whole host of potential problems. That’s why it’s so important to keep your skin functioning as well as it can.


So, what does it take to get and keep healthy skin?

Next week: nutrition and healthy skin.

  1. ulcerations: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetes_Definitions/Foot_Ulcer
  2. complications: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetic_Complications
  3. neuropathy: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetes_Definitions/neuropathy
  4. HbA1c: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetes_Definitions/HbA1c
  5. diuretics: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetes_Definitions/Diuretic

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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