Type 2 diabetes is a common condition in the UK and often caused by a person being overweight or obese.
If the condition is left untreated, serious health complications can occur, such as a heart attack, so recognising symptoms as early as possible is important.
Symptoms include feeling thirsty all the time, feeling very tired, and losing weight without trying to.
But another one to note is itching in a certain area of the body.
Genital itching and a burning sensation can indicate a female or male yeast infection, but also type 2 diabetes, according to Diabetes.co.uk.
It explains: “In diabetes, blood glucose levels can go abnormally high, which can therefore provide ideal conditions for naturally present yeast to grow and also diminishes the body’s ability to fight infection.
“Diabetes can also cause a higher glucose content in the urine – another extremely suitable place for yeast to thrive.”
This isn’t the only skin-related symptoms, according to American Academy of Dematology. Six to note are yellow, reddish or brown patches on the skin, hard thickening skin, blisters, skin infections, open sores and wounds, and skin tags.
Yellow, reddish or brown patches on the skin
The skin condition often begins as small raised solid bumps that look like pimples, says the organisation.
It adds: “As it progresses, these bumps turn into patches of swollen and hard skin.
“The patches can be yellow, reddish or brown. You may also notice the surrounding skin has a shiny porcelain-like appearance, you can see blood vessels, the skin is itchy and painful, and the skin disease does through cycles where it is active, inactive, and then active again.”
Hard, thickening skin
It says you may notice tight, waxy skin on the backs of your hands, and your fingers can become stuff and difficult to move.
“If diabetes has been poorly controlled for years, it can feel like you have pebbles in your fingertips,” it adds.
This is rare, but the organisation says people with diabetes can see blisters suddenly appear on their skin.
It adds: “You may see large blister, a group of blisters, or both. The blisters tend to form on the hands, feet, legs, or forearms and look like the blisters that appear after a serious burn.
“Unlike the blisters that develop after a burn, these blisters are not painful.”
People who have diabetes tend to get skin infections. It explains: “If you have a skin infection, you’ll notice one or more of the following – hot, swollen skin that is painful and an itchy rash and sometimes tiny blisters, dry scaly skin, or a white discharge that looks like cottage cheese.”
Open sores and wounds
Having high blood sugar for along time can lead to poor circulation and nerve damage. It says: “You may have developed these if you’ve had uncontrolled (or poorly controlled) diabetes for a long time.
“Poor circulation and nerve damage can make it hard for your body to heal wounds. This is especially true on the feet. These open wounds are called diabetic ulcers.”
Many people have skin tags, this is described as skin growths that hang from a stalk.
It advises: “While harmless, having numerous skin tags may be a sign that you have too much insulin in your blood or type 2 diabetes.”