Diabetes is a common condition that affects around four million people in the UK, and 90 per cent of cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could be at risk of high blood sugar if you develop small, yellow bumps on your skin, it’s been claimed.
The skin condition, which is known as eruptive xanthomatosis, may look a little bit like pimples, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
The bumps have a red outer layer, and gradually develop a yellowish colour, it said.
They’re most likely to appear on the buttocks, crooks of the elbow, or backs of the knees.
“Diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your skin,” said the American Academy of Dermatology.
“When diabetes affects the skin, it’s often a sign that your blood sugar [glucose] levels are too high.
“This could mean that you have undiagnosed diabetes, or pre-diabetes, or your treatment for diabetes needs to be adjusted.
“Eruptive xanthomatosis: These bumps appear suddenly and clear promptly when diabetes is well-controlled.
“No matter where they form, they are usually tender and itchy.”
If you find the outbreak of reddish-yellow bumps on your skin, you should tell your doctor straight away, it said.
If you already have diabetes, you should ask them how you could better control your blood sugar levels.
You could also be at risk of diabetes if you often develop extremely dry and itchy skin, or if you have scaly patches on your eyelids.
People that often get skin infections could also be at risk of type 2 diabetes, it added.
A skin infection could include having hot, swollen and painful skin. It could also cause an itchy rash that’s joined by small blisters and scaly skin.
But, many people may have diabetes without even knowing it, because the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include often feeling fatigued, having an unquenchable thirst, and passing more urine than normal.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes.