Maintain your skin's moisture!

Complications Tip 21

Peripheral neuropathy of the feet causes a 10% decrease in skin moisture. Lubricating creams and moisturizers can help rehydrate and protect the skin.

Other ways to keep skin moisturized

• Keep blood glucose under control.

• Drink enough fluids.

• Use warm rather than hot water to shower or bathe.

• Use a humidifier in your home.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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by Brenda Bell
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...
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