Unfortunately obesity is a disease on the rise worldwide, and with it come together other complications, symptoms and signs associated with this disease. One of these signs is acanthosis nigricans. If you want to know more about this disease, how it is related to obesity and how you can avoid these spots on the skin, do not miss this note.
Obesity is associated with several diseases, such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, respiratory problems, kidney, bone, etc.
But not only these diseases are associated with obesity; but other conditions that may be, in turn, obesity-related signs, such as acanthosis nigricans.
What is acanthosis nigricans?
Acanthosis nigricans is a disease that affects the skin. This condition has special features such as hyperpigmentation (increased pigmentation of the skin) and hyperkeratosis (thickening of the outer layer of the skin). The skin takes warty appearance in skin folds, especially around the anus, armpits and neck.
Why nigricans acanthosis is associated with obesity?
Acanthosis nigricans is associated with obesity through different mechanisms.
Associated with insulin resistance. This disorder is associated with insulin resistance prior to the onset of diabetes step. This disease associated with overweight, some type of dyslipidemia and high blood pressure generate a syndrome known as metabolic syndrome. From this association, acanthosis nigricans not only be a visible sign of obesity, but also other possible health problems.
Associated with genetic diseases. On the other hand, Miescher syndrome, a variety of genetic origin of acanthosis nigricans, is directly related to obesity affecting about 2/3 of adolescents whose real weight twice their ideal weight.
According to some scientific studies about 55% acanthosis nigricans presenting with high blood pressure and / or hyperinsulinemia and / or fatty liver and / or glucose intolerance and / or alteration of lipids.
These data are important and interesting for you to be alert or attentive to certain special characteristics of the skin.