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Don’t Let Diabetes Keep You From Getting Great Skin

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    shutterstock_500574718 The most attention that doctors, friends, friends-who-are-half-doctors, and family-members-who-didn’t-become-doctors give to is how much sweet one should be eating if you are a diabetic. And the usual advice of “Karela khao”, “drumstick ke leaves khao” (“eat bitter gourd”, “eat moringa leaves”) can leave you a tad fatigued. My grandmom had this cheesy saying - where there are five people together, one or two irritating things are going to be shared. (sounds much more punchy in Hindi, so here goes: Arre beta, jahan paanch log, wahan ek do baatein theekhee toh hongee hee!) Five people? I would reckon one friend who is a know-all is bad enough. But five is a good number for advice that can help get the better of the diabetic effect on skin.

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  The five down on the Diabetic skin: shutterstock_314905184
  1. The best case is to maintain normal blood sugar levels
  2. When the blood sugar is high, our body starts turning water into urine in an effort to remove the excess sugar from the blood.
  3. This leaves the skin dry and can sometimes get sore and red
  4. Dry skin cracks and peels leaving it susceptible to infections
  5. Dry skin usually is itchy, and scratching can lead to breaks in the skin and infection.

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The five-point skin care: shutterstock_411908302
  1. Apply a hardworking sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and a PA of +++
  2. Protect the skin from extreme cold and wind. Using a good skin barrier cream helps keep the skin well moisturized
  3. Use a room humidifier at home; it adds moisture to the air during temperature drops which prevents our skin from losing excessive hydration.
  4. Having short warm water baths as opposed to hot, long water ones along with a moisturizing soap helps the skin retain moisture.
  5. Eat a diet with rich omega 3 foods and selenium, it helps keep the skin healthy and strong

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The five-step first aid: shutterstock_164890640
  1. Wash the cut or break in skin with clean water
  2. Dry and apply an antibacterial ointment
  3. Cover it with gauze pads
  4. Secure the gauze with a hypoallergenic or paper tape
  5. Keep prepackaged anti-bacterial cleansing wipes at hand (in case soap and water aren't available)
High-five on getting the better of diabetes! Of course, there are other skin and hair problems too that come in the wake of diabetes. And help is right here at your fingertips! Download the GrowFit app today and ask for expert skin and hair care advice or expert nutritionist for diabetes-specific diets. You can also download the GrowSelf app to talk to our friendly counsellor as your confidante. Having a trained counsellor to talk to means one can smile patiently at the tad-irritating five people who are either, friends-who-are-half-doctors, or family-members-who-didn’t-become-doctors… For more visit: www.getgrowfit.com

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