Surprised with the “dirty” circle on the neck of a 14-year-old girl
Pantera, 14, began to notice sudden changes in her health. Pantera was always thirsty and had a headache. The family also felt that her mood was changed a lot.
Not only that, Pantera also found a dark and strange circle around her neck.
At first, her mother thought that she did not bathe but her mother still took her to the doctor. And Pantera was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Dark circles – an early warning sign of type 2 diabetes
If you see dark rings around your neck, it means that your body’s insulin production mechanism doesn’t work properly.
This black pigment, also known as acanthosis nigricans, not only appears in the neck, but can also be found in the armpit and groin area. This ring appears because the body pumps out too much insulin, leading to increased pigmentation, causing the skin to react with folds and have dark colors. That’s the explanation of Dr. Alyne Ricker of the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).
This may be a sign of type 2 diabetes, a lifelong disease that affects the metabolism of sugar in the body.
Currently many young people suffer from diabetes. The reason is because life is getting more and more advanced, children are less active, unhealthy diet makes them obese. These are the subjects who are most likely to get type 2 diabetes. In children, the disease also progresses very quickly and is difficult to treat.
That’s why Pantera and her mother hope their stories will inspire other families to make healthy changes in their lifestyle and prevent disease.
“I want parents to know that disease can happen to their children even when no one in the family has diabetes.
Maybe you think that everyday dishes like fried chicken, chips … that children love may not affect but in fact it is very unstable.
You need to monitor what your child eats because they have a long-term effect on their health”, Pantera’s mother said.
The first signs of type 2 diabetes
Got a story for us? Need to tell us about something amazing you’ve seen or done? Want us to investigate something? Get in touch!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and you could even earn money for your stories or tips.