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Spotting Signs of Diabetes

Spotting Signs of Diabetes

During a physical examination, take a good look at the patient’s shins; they may help you detect diabetes mellitus. In some persons, diabetes causes hyper-pigmented and retracted round, linear, or irregular spot on the shin. I’ve found them in about 50 percent of young adults with type 1 diabetes and in 35 percent of women and 70 percent of men with type II diabetes. Shin spots of similar appearance can occur in older men without diabetes, but any person with dark shin spots deserves a diabetes check.
 

 
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