Last week I noticed a few comments on my “Coming Clean” video indicating that some of the women expressing worry when I mentioned that the dark spots some black women have on their face, neck and underarms could indicate insulin resistance and a precursor to diabetes. The condition is called Acanthosis nigricans. Here’s what it looks like:
What it means:
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition characterized by areas of dark, velvety discoloration in body folds and creases. The affected skin can become thickened. Most often, acanthosis nigricans affects your armpits, groin and neck.
The skin changes of acanthosis nigricans (ak-an-THOE-sis NIE-grih-kuns) typically occur in people who are obese or have diabetes. Children who develop the condition are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Rarely, acanthosis nigricans can be a warning sign of a cancerous tumor in an internal organ, such as the stomach or liver.
No specific treatment is available for acanthosis nigricans. Treatment of underlying conditions may restore some of the normal color and texture to affected areas of skin. [SOURCE]
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Go (Garden) Green
Gardening is a tremendous stress reliever and does wonders to encourage you to eat live, healthy foods and get your sugar and carbohydrate sources naturally. And you don't need a lot of space to grow greens and sprouts, which you can put into fresh juices and green and berry smoothies, which gives you HEALTHY and SUSTAINABLE energy. It's spring, so there's no excuse not to go to your local nursery and pick up some kale, spinach, tomato plants, and salad greens.[caption id="attachment_40255" align="aligncenter" width="750"] My garden[/caption]
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