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Diabetes Skin Care Article Archives

August 2008

Foot Care for Diabetics
Foot Care for Diabetics

The incidence of limb-threatening ulcerations in diabetics is very high, affecting approximately one in six to seven patients. Non-healing "diabetic" ulcers are the major cause of leg, foot, and toe amputations in this country, after traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents. These ulcerations do not occur spontaneously; they are always preceded by gradual or sudden injury to the skin by some external factor. Preventing such injuries can prevent their sad consequences.

comments 5 comments - Posted Aug 4, 2008

October 2007

Low Glycemic Diet Fights Pimples
Low Glycemic Diet Fights Pimples

A low glycemic diet is sometimes advised for people with diabetes because it raises blood sugar slowly and reduces blood sugar spikes. Well, now Australian dermatologists have found that it clears up your skin as well.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2007

September 2007

Young Type 1's Suffer More From Skin Problems

In a recent study comparing 212 type 1 youngsters with 196 healthy controls, researchers found that 67 percent of the type 1's had at least one skin disorder, as opposed to only 26 percent of the control group.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 12, 2007

June 2007

U of M Researcher Develops Technique To Improve Diabetes Complications

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, June 19, 2007 - Birgitta I. Rice, MS, RPh, CHES, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, has developed a therapy that is proven to relieve leg pain and improve healing of chronic foot ulcers in patients with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. The training protocol was published in the May/June issue of The Diabetes Educator.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 22, 2007

April 2007

Wooly Wooly
Wooly Wooly

Very soft and non-irritating, MediWool mattress pads and crutch and wheelchair covers are made of gentle natural wool with pure cotton flannel backing. Attached with hook-and-loop tape, they feel like lambskin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2007

December 2006

Dry Mouth and Diabetes
Dry Mouth and Diabetes

We often take our teeth for granted, but the mouth is the first part of the digestive process. It’s amazing how what we put into it and what comes out of it can get us in so much trouble.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

September 2006

New Skin Therapy Line Specifically for Diabetics
New Skin Therapy Line Specifically for Diabetics

Masada Health and Beauty Corporation, in order to “reduce the toll that diabetes takes on the skin,” has developed DiabEase Mineral Therapy Solutions.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

March 2005

New Line of Diabetes Skin Care Products Now Available
New Line of Diabetes Skin Care Products Now Available

Containing L-arginine HCL, urea, alpha hydroxy, silk proteins and natural botanicals, DiabetiDerm Foot Rejuvenating Cream rehydrates severely dry skin, penetrates and softens calluses and smoothes irritated areas.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Got Pump Bumps?
Got Pump Bumps?

Your insertion sites are red. You wonder if you did something wrong during site preparation or insertion, and you wonder what you should you do about it now and do differently next time.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 1, 2005

January 2005

A Dermatologist Gives the Skinny on Good Skin Care
A Dermatologist Gives the Skinny on Good Skin Care

S. William Levy, MD, is a dermatologist with more than 50 years of experience treating diabetes-related skin conditions.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2005

February 2004

More Than Just Glucophage

Bristol-Myers Squibb has launched an expansion of its ChoiceDM line of over-the-counter diabetes-care products.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2004

February 2003

EMLA Temporarily Removed From Market

EMLA, an anesthetic cream made by AstraZeneca of Wilmington, Delaware, has been temporarily removed from the market. The cream is frequently used by insulin pumpers to numb the skin before inserting an infusion set.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2003

December 2002

Lotion Said to Supply GLA

The dry skin that often accompanies diabetes can be alleviated by applying lotion to the affected areas—and a lotion that contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can both restore moisture and provide long-term relief, says the president of ShiKai, located in Santa Rosa, California.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

November 2002

Making a Mark

Testing. Testing when you get up… before meals… after meals… before and after (and sometimes during) exercise. Testing when you feel "funny."

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

Lotion Said to Supply GLA

Dry skin that frequently accompanies diabetes can be alleviated by applying lotion to the affected areas-and a lotion that contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can both restore moisture and provide long-term relief, says the president of ShiKai, of Santa Rosa, California.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

August 2002

Smooth Things Over

A dermatologist-developed skin lotion said to soothe irritated skin and diminish the appearance of wrinkles is now available from dermatologists.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2002

December 2001

Is My Son Allergic to Pump Tape?

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2½ years ago at age 24. For about the past year, he has been using the MiniMed pump very successfully.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 1, 2001

That Special Touch

Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc. of La Jolla, California, and Smith & Nephew PLC, of London, England, announced the FDA approval of Dermagraft, a treatment for foot ulcers resulting from diabetic neuropathy. Advanced Tissue Sciences is the first company in the United States to receive FDA approval for a skin treatment that is engineered from human cells.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2001

That Special Touch: Diabetic Skin Treatment Made With Human Cells Receives FDA Approval

Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc. of La Jolla, California, and Smith & Nephew PLC, of London, England, announced the FDA approval of Dermagraft, a treatment for foot ulcers resulting from diabetic neuropathy. Advanced Tissue Sciences is the first company in the United States to receive FDA approval for a skin treatment that is engineered from human cells.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2001

November 2001

Pain-Free Injections

Ferndale Laboratories of Ferndale, Michigan, is now promoting its time-released, deep penetration topical skin cream for purchase on the Web and pharmacy shelves.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

November 1999

Bumps at Injection Sites

Q: I am a type 2. Before now, I have always taken Glucotrol. Finding out I was pregnant, I switched to insulin. After taking it for about one month, I am starting to experience a reaction.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

July 1999

A Skin Cream Survey: Keep Informed and Moisturized

A great number of skin creams and lotions are formulated for, and marketed to, people with diabetes, but why? What is it that makes people with diabetes require skin care products, and why do those products need to be specifically designed for diabetics?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1999

May 1998

A Tip for Pump Users

You've used Skin Prep and the tape that comes with the infusion set but it still doesn't stick. And what about when the tape comes undone and the infusion set crimps? DIABETES HEALTH asked Bruce Bode, MD, how to solve this problem.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1998

April 1998

Skin Cream Options

U-Lactin Lotion - 8 oz for $11: "It's available at a low price, and it combines the benefits of ten percent urea and two percent lactic acid. There are no other cremes out there with this combination. The lactic acid helps exfoliate the dead skin cells and the urea helps to hold the moisture in the skin. This is good for anyone with dry skin." - Lea Roberts

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1998

March 1998

The Brave New World of Skin Grafting — From Foreskins to Foot Ulcers

Dermagraft, a human skin replacement for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers has been recommended to the FDA for approval on the condition that Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. and its partner Smith & Nephew plc perform a post marketing study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1998

September 1997

Skin Care Products for Diabetics Now Available in Many Pharmacies

After years of searching for diabetic skin care treatments, Anastasia Marie Chehak developed a line of products called Diabetic Pure Skin Therapy¨. Chehak wanted to create a skin care system that would provide immediate relief as well as long-term therapeutic use. Chehak is a diabetes educator, registered dietitian, clinical nutritionist and a diabetic herself. In treating patients, she found that the typical over-the-counter skin creams didn't do much to improve the condition of her patients' skin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1997

August 1996

Dermatology Expert's Advice Not Just Skin Deep

When DIABETES HEALTH Board Member Gary Arsham, MD, heard S. William Levy, MD. give a lecture on diabetes and its effects on skin, he was impressed.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1996

July 1995

Sore Fingers?

We all know what daily finger pokes do to our hands. Sore, cracked, calloused skin can be a way of life. Common creams often do not help, as they are not designed to care for our special needs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1995

June 1995

Pump Tap Tips: Some Pumping Tips You May Or May Not Have Known:

Today's pump user is afforded a high degree of ease and comfort in maintenance of this type of therapy. Gone are the days where the only options were messy antiseptic solutions and inappropriate bandage tapes. Over the years, a number of special products have been developed to make wearing an insulin pump a relatively problem-free experience.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1995

May 1994

Skin Creams For Lanced Fingers

Anastasia Marie Labs: Diabetic Pure Skin Therapy skin cream from Anastasia Marie Labs was specifically designed for people with diabetes, to penetrate and treat sensitive and callused fingertips. Diabetic Pure Skin Therapy contains natural therapeutic agents, including an antibacterial agent, and doesn't interfere with blood glucose results. Diabetic Pure Skin Thera-py is alcohol free.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1994

November 1993

Tea Tree Oil: First Aid from the "Healing Tree"

We received a surprising number of answers to our editorial question "Does anyone know what a Tea Tree is?" Because of both the quantity and quality of the letters we received, we have reprinted the most interesting and informative (or funny) responses. We extend our thanks to everyone who wrote us about Tea Trees.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 1993

January 1991

Ask the Expert

Q: Are People with Diabetes Prone to Skin Boils?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1991

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