Thinning Skin.. diabetes related ?

BreC
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.


15 replies

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-01-11 15:03:23 -0600 Report

I work at an independent senior living facility. I am often asked to clean and bandage "boo-boos" where a senior has bumped their hand or forearm on something. The skin on some of these 80 - 90 yo folks is paper thin (at least the top layer) and, although I will help clean, I will not bandage them with adhesive bandages. That's when I call the "boss lady" for her expertise, because she has a nursing background. It seems to be a normal part of aging, although I imagine medications, medical conditions, lack of exercise and sunshine and poor nutrition are all contributing factors. As people experience more pain and poor health they tend to become less active and eat whatever is convenient even if it's not too healthy. It's really sad, because if they have diabetes it takes much longer to heal.

Gabby
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
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
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
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.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-01-11 15:11:07 -0600 Report

I've been noticing more spots where I have red blood vessels in the same area. My skin is very dry in cold weather and only in warmer weather does my skin feel supple. I've worried because I thought I bumped something and just forgot about it and worried about diabetes making normal bumps and scrapes take an long time to heal completely. I've used an antibiotic cream off and on for a scrape I received in October and it clears up while I'm using it, and then the area around it turns reddish or purplish when I discontinue it. Seems odd.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-01-11 15:10:10 -0600 Report

I've been noticing more spots where I have red blood vessels in the same area. My skin is very dry in cold weather and only in warmer weather does my skin feel supple. I've worried because I thought I bumped something and just forgot about it and worried about diabetes making normal bumps and scrapes take an excrutiating long time to heal completely. I've used an antibiotic cream off and on for a scrape I received in October and it clears up while I'm using it and then the area around it turns reddish or purplish when I discontinue it.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-01-11 15:10:04 -0600 Report

I've been noticing more spots where I have red blood vessels in the same area. My skin is very dry in cold weather and only in warmer weather does my skin feel supple. I've worried because I thought I bumped something and just forgot about it and worried about diabetes making normal bumps and scrapes take an excrutiating long time to heal completely. I've used an antibiotic cream off and on for a scrape I received in October and it clears up while I'm using it and then the area around it turns reddish or purplish when I discontinue it.

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

Howdy Bre
It is commonly known that one of the outcomes of aging is thinning skin. There are however ways to combat this: Look here for instructiona on making thin skin thicker ~ http://www.livestrong.com/article/159989-how-...

God's best to you
James

RebDee
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
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
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.