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May 10, 2002

Complications

Question from Illinois, USA:

I am a senior citizen, have had type 2 diabetes for about three years, and the skin on my lower legs is shiny. What causes this?

Answer:

The skin may shine because it has experienced changes. These may include the collection of fluid underneath the surface of the skin, a thinning of the layer of skin under the surface, or a change in the composition of the skin. Please share this question with your physician to see if a specific cause can be identified.

JTL