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Acanthosis Nigrican and Insulin Resistance

Acanthosis Nigricans is a physical condition of the skin that causes great discoloration in its appearance.

This disorder may begin at any age and is not restricted to any gender or community. The formation of Acanthosis Nigricans is characterized by its velvet-textured, light-brown-to-black, pattern of marks commonly on the nape of the neck, on the armpits, and near the groin. The skin condition, Acanthosis Nigricans is most often affiliated in those who are overweight.

Causes and Treatment for Acanthosis Nigricans

Consumption of foods rich in starch and sugar can build up the resistance of insulin and this further leads to an increased amount of insulin in the body. Most patients who suffer from Acanthosis Nigricans have a greater level of insulin in their bodies as compared to those who weigh the same as the patients with Acanthosis Nigricans but do not have the disorder. Thus it has been discovered that higher than normal amounts of insulin cause Acanthosis Nigricans.

Cutting down the current insulin through the means of dieting and intake of medication may contribute to the betterment of the skin condition.

However if this skin condition is noticed in people who are not overweight, or those who do not have diabetes then it is necessary to find out the cause of the flare-up.

On very rare occasions has acanthosis nigricans been linked with a tumor, mostly related to the abdomen or the bowel. Under these circumstances, acanthosis is also noticed in areas such as the lips or the hands and the skin disorder in itself is of a very severe nature.

From time to time acanthosis nigricans is also seen as an occurrence due to congenital disorders or due to abnormalities in the endocrinal glands.

The changes in the skin appearance take place extremely slowly, in certain cases but not always over months or even years. In rare cases, the discolored areas may also give an itchy sensation.

To treat this skin condition would be to deal with the underlying disorder. A doctor must be consulted if skin changes are to be noticed, especially if these changes are abrupt and appear without any warning. Under a skin diagnosis or exam, this disorder is noticed and doctors usually recommend blood tests and a sample of the skin for biopsy.

Treating the insulin levels or the reason causing the skin condition to form can help the disorder to fade away.

If the individual is overweight, losing weight and dieting could be a key factor in overcoming this condition. There is no specific treatment, as such, to cure this condition.