Cutaneous manifestations of diabetes. Signs of poor glycemic control or new-onset disease

Postgrad Med. Sep-Oct 2006;119(3):38-44. doi: 10.1080/00325481.2006.11446049.


Diabetes attacks multiple organ systems, and the skin is not spared its detrimental effects. Pathologic consequences of diabetes, such as vasculopathy, neuropathy, immunologic disturbances, defects in collagen formation, and poor glycemic control, contribute to its numerous cutaneous manifestations. In this article, Drs Tabor and Parlette present the implications of, and treatment options for, infections and dermatoses that appear in established diabetes or that indicate new-onset disease. They also discuss diabetes medications that commonly cause cutaneous reactions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Injections, Subcutaneous / adverse effects
  • Insulin / administration & dosage
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
  • Skin Diseases / microbiology
  • Skin Diseases / therapy


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin