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Diabetes: 12 Warning Signs That Appear On Your Skin

Diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your skin. When diabetes affects the skin, it’s often a sign that your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. This could mean that: You have undiagnosed diabetes, or pre-diabetes Your treatment for diabetes needs to be adjusted If you notice any of the following warning signs on your skin, it’s time to talk with your doctor. This skin condition often begins as small raised solid bumps that look like pimples. As it progresses, these bumps turn into patches of swollen and hard skin. The patches can be yellow, reddish, or brown. You may also notice: The surrounding skin has a shiny porcelain-like appearance You can see blood vessels The skin is itchy and painful The skin disease goes through cycles where it is active, inactive, and then active again The medical name for this condition is necrobiosis lipodica (neck-row-by-oh-sis lee-poi-dee-ka). TAKE ACTION Get tested for diabetes if you have not been diagnosed. Work with your doctor to better control your diabetes. See a dermatologist about your skin. Necorbiosis lipodica is harmless, but it can lead to complications. A dark patch (or band) of velvety skin on the back of y Continue reading >>

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  1. EXOTEC

    As with so many dietary concerns, if you're on a plan based on your medical issues, the first and best resource is going to be the doctor prescribing it.
    Sweet potatoes are one of the few starchy veggies my endocrinologist permits us... in small quantity.
    I'm not sure why people are (again) warning about butter... other than the fact that it's de rigueur and everybody says it. I use plenty of (real) butter, and it doesn't slow me down at all.
    Nevertheless, when I make sweet potatoes, I mash them. Then I can portion out a reasonable quantity and not leap wildly from my intended path... although I satisfy my taste for them for a while. Sometimes I'll use a teaspoon of Splenda™ blend in a baked one. Sucralose is the only sweetener I'm allowed to have; although the blend does have a bit of brown (real) sugar in it. That's not my standard preparation, in any case.
    Another nice method is to toss some sweet potato sticks or wedges with a bit of (regular) olive oil and kosher salt and roast them. Depending on how thick you make them, they can come out like "steak fries" or more like regular fries if they're thinner. I like them cubed up in my regular roasted veggie mix, too.
    I've sometimes mashed white and sweet together, on the very rare occasions I have white potatoes.
    Edited by: EXOTEC at: 11/30/2014 (10:26)

  2. MICHELLEXXXX

    How many times a day do you accucheck?

  3. AZULVIOLETA6

    I think that they are fine on a diabetic diet. I bake small or medium sweet potatoes in the skin with olive oil, salt and nothing else.
    A small sweet potato only has 12 carbs, so it is easy to work one into your goals for the day.

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