J Korean Diabetes > Volume 18(4); 2017 > Article
The Journal of Korean Diabetes 2017;18(4):253-258.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4093/jkd.2017.18.4.253    Published online January 10, 2018.
당뇨병 환자의 피부질환
Skin Disorders of Diabetes Mellitus Patients.
Min Sung Kim
Department of Dermatology, Chosun University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. kimminsung@chosun.ac.kr
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by relative or absolute insulin deficiency. The hyperglycemic state of DM leads to changes in practically every cell type and organ of the human body. As skin changes can manifest before onset of DM, they might have diagnostic relevance. Some skin disorders are highly associated with increased risk of important outcomes, such as skin lesions, ulcerations, and diabetic foot, which can be associated with significantly increased morbidity and mortality of DM patients. Disease control, early-stage treatment (e.g., skin hydration, orthotic devices), and awareness of skin disorders can reduce morbidity of DM patients. Thus, better understanding of the burden of skin disorders in DM patients can help to improve the quality of life of them. The purpose of this study is to review the literature to evaluate the main clinical characteristics and complications of skin disorders in diabetic patients.
Key Words: Diabetes mellitus, Skin disorders

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