Thinning Skin.. diabetes related ?

By BreC Latest Reply 2015-01-12 17:54:40 -0600
Started 2015-01-08 20:25:00 -0600

While my son and I were preparing dinner I bumped my arm on the counter. Skin immediately peeled back and it started bleeding. My son was concerned but I told him that is just a symptom of getting older. Skin starts to thin, bruise easy, and being diabetic it takes longer to heal. So is thinning skin also a complication of diabetes. Just curious.

11 replies

GabbyPA 2015-01-09 19:08:26 -0600 Report

Thinning is part of age, but dry or poorly conditioned skin can be part of diabetes, so the combination is not always pretty.

Pegsy 2015-01-09 17:46:12 -0600 Report

I know our skin thins with age but I also think that some medications contribute to it as well. Thinking about this, now I am wondering if our diet plays a role as well. Something to consider.

RosalieM 2015-01-09 13:17:24 -0600 Report

Skin thins because of age. We are getting old folks. I have had diabetes for many years and my skin didn't thin until I got old.

RebDee 2015-01-09 09:39:50 -0600 Report

From ankle to mid calf, the skin on my legs is so thin that the arteries show through and make it look as if I am wearing red sox. It is also extremely dry skin in the same area. The slightest bump causes a break in the skin. It looks ugly and so I either wear a long skirt or pants so as not to show my legs which are shapely and if I didn't have this redness, would be one of the nice parts of my anatomy.

suecsdy 2015-01-09 08:49:50 -0600 Report

I think you were right the first time. It just comes with getting older. I have always been a n easy bruiser though. I read a name for that a long time ago, but don't remember now. On the other hand, I have always been a quick healer. Haven't had any bad cuts or anything since being dx, so time will tell.(surgery doesn't count)

jayabee52 2015-01-08 22:56:13 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre
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RebDee 2015-01-09 09:45:34 -0600 Report

Thanks for the site James. It was very helpful. I have begun using coconut oil for almost everything both inside and outside of my body. It feels great on my legs and smells good too. I also use it to cook with and even swallow a little dab a day (cause "a little dab will do ya."

sweetslover 2015-01-08 20:29:41 -0600 Report

I think it might be, but an expert needs to answer this. I bruise very easily now—it used to take a blow by a baseball bat to leave a bruise on me.

RebDee 2015-01-09 09:47:32 -0600 Report

Between "old age" (ok so I'm 72 and according to my grandson that is old age) and Diabetes, my skin is easily bruised and easily broken. I keep it soft with cream which I put on after my shower each morning.