If you see this in yourself or your loved ones, be aware…
This is a condition called Acanthosis Nigricans (AN). It is characterized by a darkening and thickening of the skin at several common locations on the body, including the sides and/or back of the neck, armpits, groin, and under the breast.
AN indicates the presence of high insulin levels and resulting insulin resistance and is an indicator of developing diabetes. A study by Dr. Anoop Misra, MD, a lead researcher internationally for insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia and obesity in the Indian population, followed adults with AN but with no medical history of diabetes. He found that 58% had metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetic) and 24% had full blown undiagnosed diabetes and none of them were aware of it.
Importantly, reduction of insulin levels resulted in a corresponding reduction of the risk of developing diabetes and also caused the AN skin markers to fade over time.
------------ This information was taken from a publication by Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O.,D.A.C.B.N., M.S. of Functional Medicine University.