Article by Angela Haldane
Q. I notice over the past year I have ‘skin tags’ on my torso. Why is this and what natural ways can I help this?
A. I have recently been reading a book by an American physician Dr Futterweit, who works at an endocrine clinic in New York City who states that pale or dark brown skin tags are a sign of excess insulin and it implies that those who have them have insulin resistance.
Skin tags are benign growths which are in themselves harmless, but many visit the dermatologist for cosmetic removal.
Affected people characteristically carry weight around their midsections, known as the ‘apple shape’. Excess weight and insulin resistance are inextricably intertwined. With insulin resistance, your body cells become less sensitive to insulin and requires more of it to process blood sugar. When this happens, your body detects the presence of unprocessed blood sugar and signals the beta cells on your pancreas to secrete more insulin. During each of these cycles, insulin deposits the excess blood sugar in the form of triglycerides in the fat cells. Weight accumulates quickly. The more weight you put on the more severe the insulin resistance which then can lead to the onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It might pay to visit your GP for blood tests.
To treat insulin resistance you need to be on a weight management programme, Dr Futterweit states in his book, that if you are 20 pounds or more overweight you are likely to be insulin resistant. Your diet needs to focus on low glycemic index foods – which are rated as foods that slowly release sugar into the blood. Visit www.mendosa.com for further information on low glycemic foods, otherwise I can recommend “Can’t lose weight, you may have syndrome X” by Dr Sandra Cabot.