In this Age of Information, we gather most of our knowledge from the internet and social media. Twitter and Facebook can be a great way for friends and family members to share home remedies and personal stories of loved ones with uncommon signs and symptoms of serious diseases.
While these can be extremely helpful, theres often very little research to back up the claims these people on social media are saying.
I hope that Healthy Holistic Living can be a place where you find the true facts and verify the claims you see on social media.
Today, Id like to address a recent viral claim that many of you may have seen popping up on your newsfeeds about dark circles around the neck being a sign of diabetes.
This is true! Dark circles around the neck are a sign of Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas either cant produce insulin at all, or isnt able to make enough insulin. This results in your bodys inability to break down sugars and leads to diabetes.
The common signs to diabetes are talked about often. They include:
Frequent trips to the washroom
Blurred vision and/or headaches
Tingling sensation and/or numbness
But there are also many uncommon signs and symptoms of diabetes, and dark circles around the neck is just one of them.
You could help prevent Type 2 diabetes if you spot this dark sign.
Your skin receptors react to your body pumping out too much insulin by making extra pigment. Producing too much insulin is common with Type 2 diabetes.
This results in the dark circles around the folds of your skin. The most common areas of dark folds occur around the neck, under your arms, and between the thighs.
If you see these dark areas occur, its best to see a doctor to be checked for diabetes and then change your diet as soon as possible. Sometimes a simple dietary change can rid your skin of the dark circles and even prevent being diagnosed with diabetes.
Some great lifestyle changes could begin with switching to raw organic honey as an alternative sweetener to sugar. Daily exercise is also required and will leave you feeling healthy and strong.
Unfortunately, these skin color changes arent always going to be a sign of diabetes.
The ring pigmentation can be a sign of another disease called acanthosis nigricans. It could also be a result of poor hygiene.
Switching up your daily food choices to include healthier alternatives could do more than lower your risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, so I would still suggest making diet changes when you see these dark spots.
However, because it could be something entirely different from diabetes, you should consult a doctor as soon as you notice any pigment changes.