Not sure why I am revealing this as I don't share this with anyone, but this is why I hate diabetes the most and why I am so self conscious and hard to be upbeat about this disease. For me it is not just the ups and downs of bgs, or the feeling like crapola, but also the outward physical signs that I have dealt with for 42 years and has made my mood so often sad with this disease. I am part of the 3% of diabetics who also has this all over her lower legs, which for most of my life I have tried to keep hidden, not any easy task, especially when I love, love, love the beach and the great outdoors. Does anyone else suffer from this?
Necrobiosis lipoidica is a necrotizing skin condition that usually occurs in patients with diabetes. In such cases it may be called Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum (NLD). NLD occurs in approximately 3% of the diabetic population, with the majority of sufferers being women (approximately 90%).
Mine is not as severe as some of these pictures, but in my head it is.