What I didn't know about being diabetic..

By dagger1234 Latest Reply 2016-12-18 12:54:41 -0600
Started 2014-01-08 18:42:42 -0600

Add in something.

I was just told about vision, slow healing, and dental..now recently i found out that diabetes has to do with dry skin and even the scalp too? Yesterday, my hair was falling in flakes.

What else can you guys add in to educate us newly diagnosed. There is so much more to learn!

66 replies

Kittiebitty 2016-12-17 16:02:04 -0600 Report

Diabetes has friends like IBS and high cholesterol that can happen with diabetes as well. My own immune system went crazy.

WASHED OUT 2016-12-18 09:57:44 -0600 Report

Grains and grain carbs especially cause leaky gut this affects both the bowel and the immune system and can set off autoimmune diseases.

Anonymous 2016-02-13 22:25:34 -0600 Report

The best thing to do is to keep your sugars down and have your sight and dental situation checked regularly. The other thing that I know that is important is have your feet check regularly. There are important issues regarding foot care and neuropathy.

Anonymous 2015-12-14 18:32:21 -0600 Report

i was diagnosed a year ago with type 2 they put me on metformin i get diarrehea and nauseated so now it just diet control but i am also handicapped with spina bifida i can walk with walker outside or canes in bigger building but don't use any thing in my house. my mom was insulin dependent terrible side effect with highs and lows of sugar. i always was over weight lost some weight when was on weight watchers but since they changed the way they do things i can;t get it to work.would like a menu plan for a month at a time but don't know anyone who give me one clinic made me go thru a class which didn;t help me.

SugarNxxxx 2015-11-06 19:17:54 -0600 Report

just for g whiz purposes, have your doctor check your thyroid also… T4… it has a lot to do with shedding hair, depression, dry skin, and along with the diabetes, it can be bad… i have both… its a simple blood test… i hope this helps..

OrchidNox 2015-10-26 11:35:58 -0500 Report

Definitely the slow healing. I got my ears pierced back in May and they never healed up. I ended up having to take them out because my right ear just kept on seeping and bleeding and I gave up.

Yerachmiel 2015-09-13 02:07:55 -0500 Report

The pleasure of neuropathy. I think the worst is absolute loss of sensation of high or low sugar: makes a CGMS that WORKS a must!!

Kalisiin 2015-06-30 13:38:23 -0500 Report

Well, if you're on MEtformin, I can tell you it is MUCH BETTER TOLERATED with a full stomach> But even then, it is - how shall I say - incredible fart fuel. If you're a professional, as I am…this can be somewhat of a problem.

I wrote a topice here about my Vitiligo, and wondering if the Metformin could be what is causing my Vitiligo to start spreading again…others have reported hair loss with Metformin, but I have not experienced this.

The dry skin, especialy scalp, you are experiencing…could be related to Metformin, if you are using that. But there is such a thing as Diabetic Dry Skin…and I believe Gold Bond makes a good powder for treating it. I haven't had the problem myself.

Others here swear by coconut oil.

SunsetRose60 2016-09-18 19:02:59 -0500 Report

I'm on Metformin. I can relate concerning the gas issue. I work in a hospital and it is very embarrassing sometimes. I hesitate to get on insulin though. Guess I'll tough it out as long as I can.

ebbie1920 2015-06-09 13:19:56 -0500 Report

I am recently diagnosed too! and talk about dry skin and scalp!!! I would also like to hear from others regarding this problem.

janetdelaine 2015-03-27 23:03:35 -0500 Report

i was told that could effect any never endings. Example was a woman that does not know when she needs to pee. She does not feel that sensations anymore

Paige9smom 2016-04-12 08:06:11 -0500 Report

Oh my yes, I am a depends Lady at night, there is just no way to hold it. The downside is I refuse to drink at work because I don't want to embarrass myself.

DawnRJ64 2015-12-05 00:10:05 -0600 Report

I thought it was just me!!!! Sometimes I don't make it get right in front the toilet and have to wait a few seconds!! THANK GOD FOR POISE PADS!!! They have saved me many a time

Sapphire24 2015-03-22 14:11:14 -0500 Report

oh yes, I found this out slowly over the past 1.5 yrs. too. I read alot now on diabetic articles a little at a time or you can get overwhelmed easily, Diabetes affects everything-healing from surgery, skin ulcers which happened to a friend of mine, for a while I had 3 little hyperpigmented skin on my arm and they finally went away, neuropathy of the feet/hands, blurred vision-you must have an eye exam with dilation once every year-had my first one this year-does not hurt. dental: I am experiencing the dry mouth, bad breath, and you can get periodontal disease-so go for cleanings 3-4x a year if you can and brush 2x per day and FLOSS, one thing I have a hard time with. There is a lot you will learn as you go along. I definitely have the dry skin, it got worse after diabetes. Sometimes your pcp will have free diabetes mags you can get at the office. I also seached web and subscribed to Diabetes Self-Management which is pretty good and I searched a cheap price for it on web. This website is great and where I started to learn, I read about a 1/2 hr. each day, you will get it as you go along. Don't hesitate to contact me if you need help or have a question, it can be very overwhelming when you are new, go at it slow. Hopefully your local hospital has some diabetes classes you can go to too.

GabbyPA 2015-03-16 10:13:09 -0500 Report

I find when my numbers are high or very low, spelling becomes impossibly difficult. It can be a sign I need to test.

Grandmama16 2015-03-11 15:50:10 -0500 Report

I've discovered coconut oil and mix it with Vit E and my pres itch cream in an empty big pres bottle. It works well. I also have trouble with the areas around my fingernails and I cause them to be sore but it heals fast…it's just that the cuticles are so dry. I'm trying to remember to rub the cream into them often after washing my hands and I use Neosporin. I live in a dry state and that doesn't help. I also have Fibromyalgia so in many instances I don't know what's causing what…or even if a medication is the cause. Hubby has Parkinsons and we both need eye exams this year.

JeanM 2015-02-13 11:54:58 -0600 Report

Hypertension and heart disease are associated with Diabetes as are Vision problems such as Cataracts, glaucoma, and retina problems. Get your eyes examined yearly by a Ophthalmologist not just an Optometrist

andy1979 2014-11-11 07:50:38 -0600 Report

memory is another thing, talk about forgetfullness. In the last few months i ve noticed that remembering facts and figures is quite horrendous, hence why i keep diaries for things i need to do in life. Ive always prided self on having a good memory for most things. oh and taste buds changing i have stopped eating 6 foods and counting as feel nausious at certain smells. it feels like my body is not my own no more which sounds crazy but true ! THE DRY SKIN THING IS MORE PREVALENT IN ME THESE DAYS, SCALP AND BODY DRY AT TIMES. I USE E45 CREAM AND BABY OIL AFTER SHOWERS TO MOISTEN SKIN, IF I DIDNT ID LOOK LIKE I NEEDED A SURGICAL MASK TO COVER DRYNESS.

YankeeLady 2015-03-14 17:54:38 -0500 Report

wow— so baby oil CAN be used after shower for dry skin !! great to know — thanks— and forgetful ?? holy moly I thought I have been losing my mind LOL — not — I used to remember the remembering !! ok so I'm a normal diabetic — whew — thought I was losing it

Kimba57 2016-02-18 12:03:44 -0600 Report

Please be careful with baby oil. It is mineral oil, made from crude oil and is not organic. While the FDA says it is safe and effective, I find it (and petrolatum-based products) makes my dry skin worse! The explanation I found states that, because it is not organic, your skin can become addicted to it. I LOVE my coconut oil! It does NOT smell like coconut. I get it at the grocery store or food co-op. My skin literally sucks it up Fast and my foot doc says it is great for my feet.

onafixedincome 2016-03-20 12:26:52 -0500 Report

Some folks like emu or mink oil; I like to make cakes of rendered sheep tallow (not lanolin), as it has a longer lasting effect on my hands than most lotions…but I use those, too.

evaziem 2014-06-11 17:12:02 -0500 Report

Your diet is your major weapon in regulating your blood glucose.
Low carb, high in fat and protein is recommended for diabetics and for those who do not want to become diabetic.

Do not listen to those who would sell you all "this great nutritious food" like whole grains. See this article that explains why we have this tsunami of diabetes today:

JeanM 2015-02-13 11:58:13 -0600 Report

High Fat is not especially good. In addition to limiting carbs I need to limit fat also since I have high cholesterol and triglycerides.

RosalieM 2015-02-23 06:39:57 -0600 Report

You don't need to eliminate fat! Triglycerides are caused by carbohydrates not fat. Soluble fiber in your diet will bring your cholesterol numbers in line. If you cut fat from your diet , your blood sugar will go up. Butter, coconut oil, lard and olive oil should be added to your diet. Trans fats should be eliminated from your diet, they are fake fats you body can't use.

Anonymous 2015-11-22 14:24:48 -0600 Report

Lard?! Please tell us your theories on how lard is good for anyone.

Butter is close to lard so I'd also like to hear how you came to think butter is good for cholesterol.

Soluble fiber, soluble fiber, soluble fiber — if you want to get good cholesterol lab results.

Of course I limit carbs but the body needs fiber and even needs some carbs.

Another healthy good-fat oil is avocado oil, altho I prefer coconut and olive oils.

Mallacai 2015-03-10 07:29:19 -0500 Report

Hello Rosalie, LARD? Was always told to stay far away from it. Can you enlighten me on it's benefits?

Vhm 2014-07-15 20:58:05 -0500 Report

Why high in fat? Seems to depend on yen person. I replace 'refined' carbs with veggie carbs (not potatoes, corn) and seem to do fine. Why not low horrible carbs with more healthful veggie carbs?

Kalisiin 2015-10-26 13:37:15 -0500 Report

If it works for you. I am NOT A RABBIT!!

Anonymous 2015-11-22 14:35:38 -0600 Report

not many rabbits eat cooked legumes — loaded with soluble fiber and usually protein.

I follow an antiinflammatory diet — gluten, sugar and dairy free. About the only grain I eat is corn and only in soft form, like soft tortillas, polenta.

Diabetics are at much higher risk of heart problems so getting one's cholesterol in the healthy range is vital to continued health as we age. My doc pushes me to take a statin but I won't. I take a prescription salmon oil supllement for the Omega 3 — good for lowering cholesterol. I eat wild salmon once or twice a week — about my only animal flesh besides a few eggs a week. I eat chia seed for its soluble fiber, protein and omega 3. I only use coconut and olive oil. I eat avocado a few times a week — avocados have good fat. And avocado oil is said to be a healthy cooking oil but I stick to coconut and olive oils.

A fancy meal for me might be soft corn tortillas, eggs scrambled with a favorite homemade salsa and frijoles.
Or poached salmon on a bed of garlic-infused braised spinach.

Once I 'got' that I can eat delicious food AND healthy foods if I changed lifelong habits, and it is hard to change lifelong habits so I was kind to myself, I was able to go off high blood pressure medication, and off statins. My blood pressure is better than ever and my cholesterol readings are all great.

And I don't eat like a rabbit. I eat like someone who now prioritizes my health.

My docs haven't been a lot of help. Docs don't seem to be trained to integrate nutrition into treating any illness. But one thing my primary and endocrinologist have done for me is remind me of the complications I am at risk of with type one diabetes.

I have high incentive to eat only healthy good fats, to limit carbs to high fiber foods, eliminate high cholesterol beef and pork (I will eat chicken, I just hardly ever do — a piece of salmon for someone living alone is so easy, easier than chicken).

As my docs remind me, a heart problem or a stroke could greatly lower my quality of life. If I am ever tempted to eat butter, which I absolutely am never tempted to so it isn't a good example (I do miss buttered toast if I think about it but I don't, I am thinking of it cause someone suggested butter was good for heat-disease-prone diabetics — I think of having a stroke and having my left side partially paralyzed, like my dad endured after neglecting his diabetes for years.

Kalisiin 2015-12-05 06:39:26 -0600 Report

Well, I get 45-55 percent of my calories a day from FAT…and you know what? A lot of that is dairy, beef, pork and poultry (fish I also eat but that is usually low-fat fish)
And guess what? I am off all three BP meds I was on, I have lost over 100 pounds.

My last cholesterol test came back…total cholesterol 126, HDL 60, Triglycerides 80

So what do you say to THAT, Anonymous? Kinda takes the wheels of your wagon, don't it?

There is more than one healthy way to eat with D. Yours isn't the only one. If it works for you, terrific. What I do…WORKS FOR ME. And I enjoy what I eat. I'd die on your diet, it does not contain enough of the food I actually LIKE!

And by the way, I am not, and was not on, a statin when I was diagnosed with D. Last time I was on a statin, I was in my thirties, and had high cholesterol…WHEN FOLLOWING A LOW-FAT ORNISH-STYLE DIET. That is the only time in my LIFE I have had high cholesterol. Six months on Atkins took care of what no statin ever did.

Anonymous 2015-12-06 03:28:45 -0600 Report

I am surprised by your rudeness. I did not say "everyone should do what I do". I described how I cope. And I am type one and we all have different needs.

"Take the wheels off your wagon"

"What do you say to THAT?"

I feel sorry for you. You act so aggressively and competitively in this SUPPORT website.


I have been off blood pressure meds for over 3 years, not on a statin with great cholesterol.

I rarely eat animal flesh. I never said "everyone should do what i do.

I will see if I can block you because you are rudely unpleasant.

tinkerbell54 2014-02-18 16:45:13 -0600 Report

diabetes affects : Ur eye sight, female problems, teeth. Heart, etc Ruth Tinkerbell54

clb2014 2014-10-10 19:31:29 -0500 Report


Anonymous 2015-11-22 14:36:42 -0600 Report

Diabetics are at much higher risk of gum problems which lead to teeth problems.

I have read that dry mouth can also cause dental issues. So far, knock on wood, dry mouth is not an issue for me.

Motherall 2016-07-01 16:09:41 -0500 Report

I swear by coconut oil pulling for dry mouth and healthy gums. I had major gum surgery about 20 years ago and many veneers since then. I still pockets of 5 and 6 in my gums. I started oil pulling once a day and my next cleaning the girl asked what I was doing differently. I told her and she got the dentist to come look. He double checked to make it was my chart since i had no pockets over 3. He had not hear of oil pulling but said he was doing to try it himself and see what happened. I can't do a tablespoon at one time as Im an easy gagger. I do a teaspoon and slosh around in my mouth for ten minutes, then spit in a paper cup and into the trash. You do not want to swallow the oil as it's been contaminated by the gunk it swished from your gums and don't ever spit down the drain because it will clog it. The recommended oil pull is one tbsp of organic cocconut oil swished in your mouth for 20 minutes but I can't go that long without talking~

Grandmama16 2014-02-07 15:23:41 -0600 Report

I've learned that using a plain body wash without scent can help with dry skin and I use lotion after but I got to thinking that old fashioned mineral oil might work better. BTW, my picture here is me yelling at myself (not really), taken & tweaked by grandson playing with IPad. being so small it's hard to tell.

locarb 2014-01-23 20:14:26 -0600 Report

Coconut oil. Grapeseed oil. GoldBond makes a "diabetic" lotion. You raise a great point. I was surprised to learn this too. I don't like gender-based stereotypes, but as a male I never thought about things like this. This condition
is very humbling. After three years of hard work, as I mentioned previously, I was advised by my endocrinologist that I no longer have symptoms of diabetes. it is a huge relief buy I'm going to follow the lifestyle that I have grown used to now.

joemonzo08 2014-01-20 20:40:12 -0600 Report

I hate to say it. But anything and everything that can go wrong is related to diabetes. Like it won't happen just cause (besides the slow healing) it's mainly from high sugars. As long as you main.rain your sugars everything will be ok

Kalisiin 2015-12-05 06:48:15 -0600 Report

I hate to say it, but, just because you are a diabetic…it does not follow that everything that goes wrong with you is related to your diabetes. Any doctor that blames everything on your D…is a sufferer of LDS (Lazy Doctor Syndrome)

I experienced LDS when I was a smoker. EVERYTHING got blamed on my smoking. If I slammed my thumb with a hammer, and then told my doc my thumb hurt, he'd tell me it was because I smoked. NO…IT'S BECAUSE I JUST SLAMMED MY THUMB WITH A HAMMER, IDIOT!!

I got no patience for doctors with LDS.

That said, glucose control is paramount…many things that can go wrong DO go wrong because of poor glucose control. But not EVERYTHING is always because of it. Some of the problems you may get..you mighta gotten anyway…even without D.

Anonymous 2015-11-22 14:39:50 -0600 Report

It takes more than glucose control. It also takes blood pressure and cholesterol control which can be done with truly healthy nutrition. I used to have high cholesterol on statins. I've been off statins for 3 years and my cholesterol lab results are great, all lowered by the way I eat.

It is also important to lower blood pressure, which can be a problem to many who aren't diabetic and is not really related to glucose. Since diabetics are at much higher risk of heart issues, blood pressure control matters more for us than non-diabetics.

jaydoubleyou23 2014-01-12 10:45:14 -0600 Report

And my hair falls out and I have a rash from it that's chronic and never goes away :/

Grandmama16 2014-02-06 02:38:06 -0600 Report

Hi there…try flax oil caps, cromium pic, and I take cinnamon too but it bothers my acid reflux. I have a chronic itch on ankles, feet and sometimes hands which has been helped by Nuerontin, but there's no rash…weird. Dr also gave me a pres cream that helps too. Several years ago I had odd purple blotches on my legs that didn't itch. Dr never did figure it out. I think I was just on my feet too much…it looked a little like broken blood vessels. It went away. We have to just take one thing at a time. I'm type 2, and tho my numbers really fluctuate, my newest A1c is 6.6 but cholesterol is high.

debcox 2015-03-10 03:08:56 -0500 Report

My cholesterol had increased to 203 but in 6 months I was able to decrease it to 168 by cutting down on eating out, no processed foods at home and watching my food intake. I do splurge once a week but pretty much like the foods I eat and feel great. If I decide to splurge on something, I look up the carbs/calories and figure out how much I have to work out to counter balance my snack. Then I decide if I still want the snack or not.

GabbyPA 2014-01-10 13:34:22 -0600 Report

This is the struggle we all face...what we didn't know. And just when you think you know...there is something else. There are many things associated to diabetes, but it doesn't have to overwhelm you. Just as you find things out, read up on it, be aware so you can be proactive.

Like for your eyes, get them checked annually now, and there is a photo process they can do to take a picture of the inside of your eye so you can see if it is suffering any damage. Here is the inside of my eye: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/photos/51998

Slow healing can be a problem, so pay close attention to your body. Check it over daily, in your shower or before going to bed. Cover cuts with Neosporin and a bandage, even if it seems small, as you need the help keeping infection out. Specially watch your feet.

Keep your pearly whites, white. Floss those puppies and brush often. Healthy teeth keep your body healthy. Medications can sometimes affect your teeth, so ask your pharmacist or dentist what you can do to help.

Dry skin can be more of a thyroid issue or a combination. Just as falling hair can be. So having your thyroid checked out to make sure it's not adding to the problem is important. I use coconut oil on my skin and feet and it works well for me. I have yet to find help for my thinning hair, but I have stopped using chemical filled shampoos and conditioners and try to go sulfate free. I also don't perm my hair anymore.

There are lots of discussion on all of these topics. Just type what you want to know about in our search box and you will get a lot of information on it.

Kalisiin 2015-12-05 06:50:54 -0600 Report

Yah…I never used to bother with paper cuts…being a paper-pusher I get them a lot. Now I always put a bandage and neosporin on a paper cut.

YankeeLady 2015-03-14 18:00:34 -0500 Report

Hi - do you any info on staph infection ?? Good gracious I have had three since first part of Dec !! on round three of antibiotics now - but what on earth keeps it coming back ?? I know I heal cslowly but this is nuts

jigsaw 2014-01-10 08:35:25 -0600 Report

Keep an open mind, and keep learning from qualified sources. Diabetes is a manageable and controllable condition. The more you learn, the less complications you will have to deal with. Quite a few aggravating conditions resulting from diabetes, are reversible, when caught and treated early.

Set apart
Set apart 2014-01-10 07:43:28 -0600 Report

Keeping your A1c within normal range will help you to avoid complications. Diabetes can affect your whole body, uncontrolled it can and will cause havoc on your body! It can lead to heart disease, retinopathy, neuropathy, and so on… You've made some great choices, visiting this site has truly helped me in dealing with my diabetes and learning from others who face the same challenges. Knowing you're not alone in this, can be of great comfort!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-09 14:04:32 -0600 Report

You should see a podiatrist and have your feet checked at least once a year. Eczema can be a problem, acid reflux. I have found that in the summer I feel hotter than I normally did and colder than I did in winter.

Glucerna 2014-01-09 10:12:09 -0600 Report

This is a great question, and the good news is that keeping A1c under 7 and overall good diabetes management helps prevent these complications. Other areas to consider and talk about with your physician include kidney function, gastroparesis (basically how your stomach empties), and sexual dysfunction. This article has more information: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/... ~Lynn @Glucerna

kimfing 2014-01-08 19:41:32 -0600 Report

Possible early menopause, possible celiac disease that's all i can remember

Kalisiin 2015-10-26 13:39:15 -0500 Report

And that first is negative in WHAT way??

kimfing 2015-10-26 19:32:25 -0500 Report

Well, if i am anything like my mom, i don't want menopause. Hot flashes STILL going on :-)

Kalisiin 2015-12-05 06:52:41 -0600 Report

Hummm, I do not seem to have that problem very often…only at night. My cousin, on the other hand…she is forever crabbing about them.