The rate of children obesity is on the rise in the last couple of years, therefore even more cases of diabetes type 2 arise among children and teenagers.
For instance, 14-year-old Pantera discovered that she had diabetes first hand, when she noticed drastic health changes. She was constantly thirsty, had terrible headaches and swift mood swings. A black ring appeared on her neck, and her mother was convinced that it was only sign of dirt. That ring is actually the indicator the diabetes type 2.
Pantera noticed that she was thirsty all the time. She was suffering from constant headaches, and her family noticed some swift mood swings. Additionally, a dark ring appeared on her neck that seems like a sign of dirt, but is actually an indicator of diabetes.
Currently, Pantera tests her blood sugar levels and inject insulin on a daily basis.
Doctors point out that the dark ring around her neck is the indicator that your insulin doesn’t do its effect.
Diabetes type 2 is a chronic, life-long condition that affects the insulin levels and the way in which your body processes glucose.
This pigmentation is called “acanthosis nigricans”which can also be seen in the area of the armpits and groin. Elevated levels of insulin in the body activate insulin receptors in the skin, forcing it to grow which causes additional pigmentation developing.
Experts say that this type of diabetes is now higher among younger population than ever before. Additionally, it advances faster in children making it harder to treat. Therefore, Pantera and her mother hope their story will inspire other families to lead a healthier lifestyle. “I would like other parents to know that this can happen to your child even if you personally are not diabetic or don’t have anyone in your family that is.” – said Pantera’s mother on ABC.