Lately more and more children have problem with obesity which consequently leads to increased number of children and teenagers who have diabetes type 2.
Pantera was only 14 when she discovered that she had diabetes because of drastic health changes she experienced at the time. She had severe headaches, mood swings and she was always thirsty. When a dark ring appeared on her neck, her mother thought that it was dirt. The ring was actually caused by diabetes type 2.
Now, Pantera needs to run blood tests frequently and to inject insulin every day.
Doctors say that the dark ring around the neck actually indicates that there is something wrong with insulin level in your blood.
Diabetes type 2 is a chronic disease which cannot be cured. This disease affects the insulin levels and the way your body processes glucose.
This dark skin color is also known as “acanthosis nigricans” and can affect your armpits and groin as well. Increased insulin levels activate the insulin receptors in the skin which cause dark pigmentation on certain body areas.
Experts warn that this type of diabetes becomes more common among young people than ever before. That is why Pantera and her mother are trying to tell their story so the other families will try to lead healthier life. “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.” – stated Pantera’s mother on ABC.