Medical skin care for diabetic skin – Behind the science of Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS Lotion 10% Urea

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Diabetes: a global concern

According to research by the International Diabetes Federation, more than 415 million adults worldwide have Diabetes (that's one in every eleven people). By 2040, they predict that that number will rise to 642 million (one in every ten people).1

Controlling the blood glucose levels is routine for most people with Diabetes.

There are a number of different types of Diabetes (or Diabetes mellitus as it is sometimes called). The most common form is Type 2 Diabetes – of the total number of people with Diabetes, approximately 90% have Type 2.

Type 2 Diabetes tends to be diagnosed in older people − with those between the ages of 60 and 79 being most affected – and is typically associated with an unbalanced diet, being overweight and a lack of exercise.

Type 1 Diabetes, on the other hand, is an auto-immune disease. The body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells so that the body itself is no longer able to keep the blood glucose levels constant.

The search for a holistic solution

Dopo aver testato i benefici di SymSitive** l'obiettivo successivo dei ricercatori era di trovare degli ingredienti complementari che potessero combattere i problemi della barriera cutanea e il rossore.

Nel caso della pelle ipersensibile è più importante ciò che non si inserisce rispetto a ciò che si inseriesce all'interno dei prodotti.

spiega la Dott.ssa Neufang. "Abbiamo dovuto ridurre gli ingredienti a quelli essenziali e rimuovere tutti quelli che potevano causare intolleranza o reazioni allergiche".

Before use:

A lack of lipids and moisture-binding substances.

After use:

Urea and other NMFs attract and bind in moisture. Ceramide strengthens the natural skin barrier and reduces moisture loss.

Diabetes mellitus and skin problems

Diabetes can cause damage to nerve fibres and blood vessels and, as a result, the skin’s natural barrier function is compromised. Skin is less able to attract and retain the moisture it needs and so it dries out, becomes sensitive and the body’s immune defence system is weakened.

In addition to normal biological skin ageing and the various environmental influences that skin is exposed to, Diabetic skin suffers from additional pressures that particularly affect elderly diabetic patients. Potential problems include:

  • An increased vulnerability to skin conditions such as dryness and itching
  • Small injuries, especially common on the feet, that go undetected because of nerve damage making it easier for bacteria and fungi to infect the wound
  • A compromised immune system which also makes patients more susceptible to infection
How Diabetes affects skin

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