The itchy rash you should never ignore - it could be a sign of diabetes

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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.

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The symptoms of jock itch are a red-brown, itchy rash, usually on your inner thighs or bottom

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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 , 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.

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