Diabetes is a common condition that affects almost four million people in the UK. It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could be at risk of the high blood sugar condition if you have a rash on your upper thighs, it’s been revealed.
Developing a red-brown rash on your inner thighs could be a sign of diabetes.
The rash could be caused by the yeast infection ‘jock itch’, which is linked to diabetes.
The rash tends to spread out into a semi-circle shape, and there may be small blisters around the edge.
“Yeast thrives on glucose, and blood levels of glucose are consistently elevated in a person with diabetes,” said medical website Everyday Health.
“Jock itch is one of the signs of diabetes in men. Yeast can grow in other areas, too — creating itchy rashes in skin folds, such as under the breasts, and between fingers and toes.”
Superdrug added: “Jock itch, also known as tinea cruris, is caused by a fungal infection of the groin. It can affect the skin of your genitals, inner thighs and buttocks.
“The symptoms of jock itch are a red-brown, itchy rash, usually on your inner thighs or bottom.
“The rash may spread out in a ring or semi-circle shape. There might be little blisters or pus-filled sores along the border of the rash. The area of affected skin may also be flaky or scaly.”
Genital itching may also be a warning sign of diabetes, revealed Diabetes.co.uk.
That encompasses any type of itching, redness, or burning sensation around the genitals, it said.
If you have genital itching that won’t go away, even after a few days, it’s best to have it checked out.
Many people may have diabetes without even knowing it, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal, feeling very tired, or having blurred vision.
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as it raises the risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes.
A quick blood test should be enough to reveal whether you’re at risk of the condition.