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can diabetes affect your skin?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
31 years experience Family Medicine
Diabetes: Diabetes affects every organ system in your body, including your skin. If your diabetes is not controlled, you may find it more difficult for skin lesions or rashes to heal. You may even develop ulcerations that won't heal and lead to cellulitis, or even gangrene.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Yes: It damages the blood vessels in your skin.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013

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