Diabetes and Yellow Nails: Is There a Connection

The following are some of the reasons why you cannot cut diabetic nails:

1) You do not have enough money to buy diabetic nails.

If you want to get them, then it will cost you a fortune. A lot of people think that they look ugly and do not like them.

They may even say that your hands looks dirty or unsightly if you have diabetic nails. But this is not true at all! Diabetic nails are very attractive when compared with normal ones.

2) You do not have the right tools to cut diabetic nails.

Most people use scissors, but these are too sharp and can cause damage to your fingers. Some people prefer using pliers instead of pliers because they are less likely to hurt you.

However, pliers still need to be used carefully so that no cuts occur. Also, there is always a risk of cutting yourself while doing such things.

3) You do not have the necessary time to keep up with keeping your diabetic nails looking healthy.

If you want to maintain good health, then you must take care of your diabetes nails regularly. For example, you should wash them every day and change their nail polish twice a year.

4) Your hands are covered with bacteria which causes infection.

To prevent this from happening, you need to clean your hands thoroughly after touching various surfaces such as tables, chairs etc.. If you do not, then you can easily get an infection in the wounds that you get from cutting your nails.

5) You are worried that you might hurt yourself.

It is natural to be a little bit afraid of cutting your hands, since you do not want to get hurt. But do not worry too much!

As long as you take things slowly and use a proper technique to cut your nails, you will be fine.

6) You are worried that you will faint when you cut your nails.

It is quite common for people with diabetes to faint or feel dizzy sometimes. If this has happened to you in the past, then it can certainly happen while you are cutting your nails.

As a result, you could miss and then accidentally cut your fingers instead!

The above are just some of the reasons why some people think that they cannot cut their own diabetic nails. I believe that none of these reasons are valid.

As long as you maintain a positive attitude and take good care of your hands, then you should be able to cut your own nails successfully. Take care and good luck!

Other types of Nails:


The appearance of the fingernail or toenail from the skin. May be affected by trauma, such as a sports injury.

Otherwise, it is a cosmetic issue.


A congenital abnormalilty where the fingerling or toenail is prevented from normal curvature and is instead rigidly straight. Seen in conjunction with other abnormalities such as abnormal limb shortening.


A nail condition where the nail becomes so thickened and curved that it impinges on the skin of the digit resulting in destroying the skin. Also called “bamboo nail”.


Peeling or crumbling of the fingernail or toenail. May be caused by trauma or fungal infection.


A fungal infection of the fingernail or toenail. May follow trauma or injury to the nail, or may be caused by skin allergy.


Inflammation of the skin surrounding the fingernail or toenail. May be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or other germs, injury, allergies or a combination of these things.


The dropping of the fingernail or toenail into the digit. May be congenital or acquired, and may involve the entire nail or just part of it.

Most commonly affects the big toe.

Sources & references used in this article:

Purpura, pigmentation and yellow nails of the lower extremities in diabetics by F Lithner – Acta Medica Scandinavica, 1976 – Wiley Online Library

Cutaneous manifestations of diabetes by A Chakrabarty, RA Norman, TJ Phillips – Diagnosis of aging skin diseases, 2008 – Springer

Clinical aspects of fungal infections in diabetes by A Poradzka, M Jasik, W Karnafel, P Fiedor – Acta Pol Pharm, 2013 – ptfarm.pl

Nail changes due to diabetes and other endocrinopathies by P Rich – Dermatologic Therapy, 2002 – Wiley Online Library

Skin lesions of the legs and feet and skeletal lesions of the feet in familial amyloidosis with polyneuropathy by F Lithner – Acta Medica Scandinavica, 1976 – Wiley Online Library

Yellow nail syndrome following thoracic surgery: A new association? by DP Banta, N Dandamudi, HJ Parekh… – Journal of …, 2009 – jpgmonline.com

Updates in the management of cutaneous manifestations of diabetes mellitus by A Hayat, MS Siddiqui, N Shaikh – World Appl Sci J, 2010 – researchgate.net

Onychomycosis in a diabetic patient due to Trichophyton gallinae by P Poblete‐Gutiérrez, F Abuzahra, F Becker… – Mycoses, 2006 – Wiley Online Library

Skeletal lesions and arterial calcifications of the feet in diabetics by F LITHNER, SOLA HIETALA… – Acta Medica …, 1984 – Wiley Online Library