DIABETES RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.82, no.3, pp.335-339, 2008 (SCI-Expanded)
Diabetes mellitus is major cause leading to pathological changes in skin foot plantar area (SFPA) and affected the static standing balance duration (SSBD). Skin resistance level (SRL) is related to skin conductance which changes in the presence of sweat. This study aims to find out the relationship between the SRL and SSBD in type II diabetic patients. Sixty-eight voluntary students, 30 type II diabetic patients and 30 healthy non-diabetic subjects, were participated to the study. The SSBD was measured on dominant and non-dominant legs. SRLs were recorded with two surface electrodes over the metatarsus heads and heel. The SSBD of the healthy young group was found to be higher than the other groups (P < 0.001). The SRL values of the non-dominant leg in the diabetic group was found to be lower than the others (P = 0.014). For dominant and non-dominant legs within each group, only the healthy young group has statistically difference (P = 0.012). A significant correlation was seen to be between the SRL and SSBD for only healthy non-diabetic group for the non-dominant leg. The relation between the SRL and SSBD is poor but very promising. Measurement of the SRL can be used in evaluating the inflammation of the diabetic foot. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.