I heard that if you have diabetes, your skin gets dry - is it true? If so, why is it?
People with diabetes can get skin problems including infections from bacteria and fungus due to reduced immunity. Chronic and uncontrolled diabetes can lead to dry skin and itching as blood flow to the skin may be affected. Applying lotion to the affected area on a regular basis is the key. There are also specific skin problems that only occur in people with diabetes. These include diabetic dermopathy and necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum.
Answered by: William Hsu, M.D.