What Does You Skin Say About You

Your physical appearance will not lie about your overall well-being

People nowadays take care of the skin by going to dermatologists and applying beauty products because our skin is what makes us beautiful.

In an aesthetic perspective, glowing skin and pimple-free or spot-free skin is regarded as the beautiful skin and commonly conceived as healthy skin.

With so much regard with physical appearance, people tend to forget that being healthy inside is what makes skin healthy as well.

Because of the influence of media, people take care of the skin on the outside only.

People pay less attention to other factors affecting their skin that could be tell-tale signs of more serious health risks.

Read on to know more.

via prevention.com

The Diabetes Doctor
What this doc looks for: Dark, velvety patches of skin on the back of your neck and under your arms
These dark patches, called acanthosis nigricans, can be one of the earliest signs of prediabetes (it may even show up before prediabetes), says Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD, chief medical officer at Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Center. (Here are 8 ways to keep prediabetes from becoming diabetes.) Those dark areas are one marker that your body is becoming insulin resistant. “It’s thought that insulin overstimulates the skin and causes the dark folds, though it’s not fully understood,” he says. Because diabetes often runs in families, patients often link dark patches to genetics, rather than the disease. “People don’t always make the connection,” says Gabbay.

How he can help: If you notice you have dark patches in body folds or creases, are overweight or obese, and have a history of diabetes in your family, your doctor will want to check your blood glucose level. You may not have diabetes yet, despite this early sign, so he’ll coach you through steps to take to prevent the disease from actually developing. For example, losing 7% of your body weight will reduce your risk by two-thirds, Gabbay says.

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