Recent figures have shown the rates of diabetes are rising sharply, with some experts arguing there is a pressing need for early signs and symptoms of the condition to be outlined more clearly, according to the Express.

Identification of diabetes is difficult due to a lack of clinical symptoms, and many cases of type 2 diabetes often go undiagnosed. However, symptoms do emerge as the condition develops.

The condition affects organ systems in the body, which often shows up in the appearance of skin, hair and nails. For example, poor peripheral circulation leads to a loss of sensation in the feet or change to the appearance of nails.

Elizabeth Salada, from Diabetes UK, explains that nails are an often overlooked window into your health.

She explained: “Lots of common diseases can present themselves through the appearance of your nails, and a slight blush at the bottom of the nail can be a symptom of diabetes."

“You always want to be aware of any changes of shape in the nail, thickness, consistency looking at the surface, the colour of the nail, whether the nail is separated from the nail bed.”

Researchers have discovered further changes that may occur in the colour and texture of the nail, as a result of long-standing glycaemic.

“There is definite overlap with some of the physical attributes seen in diabetic nails and those seen with ageing.

“It is unclear whether diabetes exacerbates nail changes associated with ageing and vice versa.”

Researchers also found that people with diabetes are prone to nail infections, as nerve damage and glycemia increase the risk of infection.

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