Diabetes is a common condition that affects about 3.7 million people in the UK. It is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body does not react to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar into blood into useable energy. If you suddenly develop blisters, it's been claimed
Diabetes patients are more at risk of developing blisters, according to the American Academy of Dermatology
They may not be painful , but can be quite large, and develop quickly without warning.
"Diabetes can affect many parts of your body including the 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.
"You may see a large blister, a group of blisters, or both. Unlike the blisters that develop after a burn, these blisters are not painful
"The blisters tend to form on the hands, feet, legs, or forearms and look like the blisters that appear after a serious burn."
You may also be at risk of a type 2 diabetes if you have a yellow / brownish patch on your skin, it added.
The condition may start as small, raised bumps that look like pimples and develop into widespread patches of swollen, hard skin
Some patients can see their blood vessels through the patches, and the surrounding skin may develop a shiny, porcelain-like appearance, it has been added
Many people may be living with diabetes without even knowing (1
The symptoms of type 2 Diabetes can be similar to type 1 diabetes , except for weight loss is more common in type 1 patients
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes
Speak to a doctor if you're worried about the symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you are at risk