Don’t Let Diabetes Keep You From Getting Great Skin
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.
- The best case is to maintain normal blood sugar levels
- When the blood sugar is high, our body starts turning water into urine in an effort to remove the excess sugar from the blood.
- This leaves the skin dry and can sometimes get sore and red
- Dry skin cracks and peels leaving it susceptible to infections
- Dry skin usually is itchy, and scratching can lead to breaks in the skin and infection.
- Apply a hardworking sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and a PA of +++
- Protect the skin from extreme cold and wind. Using a good skin barrier cream helps keep the skin well moisturized
- Use a room humidifier at home; it adds moisture to the air during temperature drops which prevents our skin from losing excessive hydration.
- Having short warm water baths as opposed to hot, long water ones along with a moisturizing soap helps the skin retain moisture.
- Eat a diet with rich omega 3 foods and selenium, it helps keep the skin healthy and strong
- Wash the cut or break in skin with clean water
- Dry and apply an antibacterial ointment
- Cover it with gauze pads
- Secure the gauze with a hypoallergenic or paper tape
- Keep prepackaged anti-bacterial cleansing wipes at hand (in case soap and water aren't available)