Scleroderma and Diabetes

Janey WillisHello, I am Janey Willis, ISN Guide to Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and Type 2 Diabetes is caused by risk factors such as lifestyle, ethnicity, age, and pregnancy. The majority of diabetics have Type 2. See Disclaimer.

Scleroderma and Diabetes
Scleredema Adultorum Buschke


Photo of seagull with open mouth by Janet PaulmennDiabetes Mellitus (Type 1) and systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) are both autoimmune diseases. (Also see Autoimmune Diseases, What is Scleroderma? and Overview of Diabetes)

Genes associated with scleroderma suggest that there is increased susceptibility to autoimmunity, as chromosomal region 1q42 has also been linked to lupus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and Type 1 Diabetes.

Diabetics can also develop skin complications that resemble systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) or Scleredema adultorum Buschke.

Lifting Weights Can Control Blood Sugar. The latest study finds an intriguing connection between weight-bearing exercises and a lower risk of diabetes. Time Healthland. 04/10/2013.

Scleroderma and Diabetes

Cancers of the Oral Mucosa. Immune defects may predispose to oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), especially lip cancer. OSCC is also now being reported with increased frequency in association with diabetes and systemic sclerosis. Medscape. (Also see Dental/Mouth in Systemic Scleroderma and Cancer and Scleroderma)

Soft tissue calcifications in the lower extremities of severely diabetic patients simulating venous stasis or collagen vascular disease. Patients with severe diabetes mellitus may exhibit soft tissue calcifications of their lower extremities that may simulate the changes of venous stasis or scleroderma. PubMed, Emerg Radiol, [2006]. (Also see Calcinosis)

Scleredema and diabetic sclerodactyly. It is important to distinguish between diabetic thick skin and scleroderma because scleroderma may also present with sclerodactyly and diffuse or localized thickening of the skin. Dermatology Online Journal.

Scleredema Adultorum Buschke

Scleredema is an uncommon condition of unknown etiology (cause) characterized by nonpitting induration of the skin with occasional erythema. It may be associated with a history of an antecedent febrile illness, diabetes mellitus or the development of a blood dyscrasia. Medscape. (Also see Scleredema Adultorum Buschke)

Scleredema and diabetic sclerodactyly. Scleredema and diabetic sclerodactyly are both well recognized skin findings that may occur in patients with diabetes mellitus. PubMed, [2005]. (Also see Scleredema Adultorum Buschke)

Go to Diabetes Prevention
United Way of Central New Mexico
United Way of Snohomish County

SCLERO.ORG is the world leader for trustworthy research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses, such as pulmonary hypertension. We are a service of the nonprofit International Scleroderma Network (ISN), which is a 501(c)(3) U.S.-based public charitable foundation, established in 2002. Meet Our Team, Volunteer, or Donate.

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
7455 France Ave So #266
Edina, MN 55435-4702 USA

Email [email protected] to request our Welcome email, or to report bad links or to update this page content.

Toll Free US/Canada Scleroderma and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Hotline: 800-564-7099.
Privacy Policy.

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is!
Copyright 1998-2016, International Scleroderma Network. AKA Scleroderma from A to Z and SCLERO.ORG. All Rights Reserved.