Diabetes is a common condition that affects more than four million people in the UK, and 90 per cent of cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. The condition could be caused by the body not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could be at risk of diabetes if you develop an itchy, red rash in the folds of your skin, it’s been revealed.
An itchy skin condition could be an early warning sign of diabetes, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
The rash is a type of fungal infection that affects more diabetes patients than those without diabetes.
Look out for an itchy rash that’s surround by smaller blisters or scales. It’s also more likely to develop in the folds of your skin.
“Many people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives,” it said.
“In some cases, skin problems can be the first sign that a person has diabetes.
“A yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans is responsible for many of the fungal infections affecting people with diabetes.
“This fungus creates itchy red rashes, often surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. These infections most often occur in warm, moist folds of the skin.
“Treatment of fungal infections involves keeping the area dry and using a combination of topical steroid and anti-fungal medicines.”
Meanwhile, you could also be at risk of diabetes if you often develop a patch of small blisters on your skin.
These blisters could be a warning sign of a skin infection, and diabetes patients are more likely to develop these skin infections.
Your skin may also feel hot or swollen, and the blisters may be joined by weeping sores.
Many people may be living with diabetes without even knowing it, because the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Other more common diabetes symptoms include extreme fatigue, having an unquenchable thirst, and having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal than normal.
You should speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the warning signs or symptoms of diabetes.
But you could lower your risk of the condition by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise.
Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.