How To Recognize Skin Disorders In Diabetic Patients

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Keep in mind that necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) lesions appear earlier in life (30 years) in the diabetic population than in the non-diabetic population (41 years).
By Anthony Yung, DPM

In Conclusion
There are many manifestations of diabetes in the skin, yet there is little information on the pathophysiology of the skin disorders discussed above. Exactly why do these disorders have greater incidence in the diabetic population? In the coming years, perhaps a common thread in the pathology of these disorders may be found and more effective treatments may be elicited.
For now, being able to recognize the skin manifestations and their natural history will allow us to educate patients and select appropriate treatment courses.

Dr. Yung is a first-year resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Steinberg (pictured) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics/Podiatry Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center.


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