Acanthosis nigricans

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Acanthosis nigricans literally means thickening or darkening of the skin.

It is often seen in the neck, axilla, groin, and abdomen. In darker tanned individuals, Acanthosis nigricans can present as darker lines, patches, or skin tags, black spots on the face and neck etc.

Causes of Acanthosis

While the exact cause is not known, it is one of the most commonly seen signs of insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome.

Skin tags, acanthosis and insulin resistance

Skin tags are actually one of the commonly associated conditions with Acanthosis. According to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, skin tags, and acanthosis are early signs of the body compensating to the process called insulin resistance that causes excess weight gain in the tummy and upper part of the body.

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  • 35 percent of all adults, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are prediabetic and have significant insulin resistance while another 36 percent have some signs of insulin resistance
  • Diabetes has increased by over 500 percent in the last 50 years or so and now affects 8 percent of the population.

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