Your body can tell you it needs help in a variety of ways. However, sometimes the way it manifests a problem isn’t obvious, and you may not recognize that something your body is doing is actually the result of an underlying issue.
That’s because these warning signs are not always as simple to interpret as a sharp pain. Very often your body can shoot out its own distress call that has nothing to do with pain at all.
When one woman noticed that her teenage daughter was feeling sluggish, she didn’t pay much attention. But then she saw this strange mark on her body—and everything changed…
Sometimes your body does strange things in order to “tell” you when there’s a problem. This was what 14-year-old Pantera Mayhill learned the hard way. She was thirsty all of the time and suffered from headaches and mood swings, but she had no idea what was wrong with her.
Then, when a dark ring appeared on the back of her neck, Pantera and her mother were more than a little bit concerned. They talked it over and finally decided it was time to go and see the doctor. They had no idea what they were about to find out.
After a long time of feeling parched and suffering headaches, Pantera explained to the doctor how she didn’t initially think it was a problem. She admitted it was only when she and her mother noticed the unusual discoloration that they just wanted to make sure.
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At first, her mom thought the mark was just dirt, but it quickly became obvious that something else was happening. After they booked an appointment with the doctor, they were shocked to learn that it was actually a sign that Pantera’s body wasn’t properly producing insulin.
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This meant that Pantera likely had type-2 diabetes. Type-2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. While it is absolutely treatable, it needs to be diagnosed—or it can be fatal.
Just as in Pantera’s case, the dark ring might easily be mistaken for dirt, but that’s far from the truth. The dark ring is a result of elevated insulin levels in the body, which cause insulin receptors in the skin to grow unusually and change color.
They were lucky that they caught it in time, too. If they hadn’t, the consequences for Pantera could have been really dangerous. Type-2 diabetes progresses more rapidly in kids than adults, and it could lead to severe health problems.
Pantera is now taking insulin injections and is trying to to improve her diet. She had no idea that something as serious as type-2 diabetes could have a symptom like the strange dark ring that appeared around her neck.
As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, everyone should know the warning signs for diabetes—especially the lesser-known ones. If you have questions about how to keep your own kids healthy, talk to your doctor about it!
If you’d like to learn more about type-2 diabetes, visit the Mayo Clinic online. This is just one of many resources out there both for people with diabetes and for those who know people with diabetes in their own families.
Diabetes can be a very dangerous condition. That’s why it’s so critical to notice all of the signs—even the strange ones, like the dark ring Pantera discovered around her neck. It could be signs like these that save your life!
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