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Old Thu, Jul-10-08, 18:16
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Question Dark skin on Neck....plz help

i was wanting to know if there is anyone else out there suffering from dark skin on their neck and between their breast. i am clean, i take baths, and it all started around puberty, i am 21 years old. i have been dealing with this problem for over 9 years. i use every cleaner i know to clean it, such as alcohol, and nothing comes off on the towel. this makes me not want to wear certain shirts, and im always tryin to hide it with polo shirts. i am overweight, and i have pcos, and i was wondering if either of these have something to do with this. and someone told me it could be my sugar. i had it checked in august of 2007, and it was a little high. is there any procedure that can take this away. i hate having ppl make fun of me and tell me that i dont bathe. i feel so alone not knowing if anyone else is dealing with this. someone please help me.
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Old Thu, Jul-10-08, 18:51
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Old Thu, Jul-10-08, 19:21
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Wow, I'd never heard of this condition, but amazingly it sounds like lowcarb is the best possible approach to it.
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Old Thu, Jul-10-08, 19:37
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There are many skin conditions associated with diabetes:

http://www.diabetes.org/type-2-diab...mplications.jsp

I think Sandollar nailed Nigricans. The best treatment is weight loss, according to the ADA.

The underlying blood sugar issues are a lot more serious and they will respond to a low carb diet.
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Old Thu, Jul-10-08, 20:46
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It may go away on LC because you haven't had it forever. I had it from the age of 5, and while mine has lightened it has not gone away, nor will it ever entirely according to every doctor I asked.

I know exactly how you feel. I used to be beaten regularly for not bathing properly.
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Old Sat, Jul-12-08, 17:43
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yeah i remember having it a little bit as a child and it got worse when i hit puberty, along with the facial hair and missed periods(which happens alot) but now that remember yes i had it around ur age to.
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Old Sat, Jul-12-08, 17:53
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sounds like you're insulin resistant with pcos.

welcome to a well-populated club. Good news. Low carb is our saving grace.
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Old Sat, Jul-12-08, 19:19
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You're not alone. I have same problem too. Symptoms I can relate to are diabetes, PCOS and Candida. I been low carbing for only 3 month and I think it has helped because Iím noticing the discoloration being lighter.
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Old Sun, Jul-13-08, 08:45
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yeah i do have PCOS. i found out when i was 16 that i had PCOS. my dietician put me on a 1800 ADA diet. i can have 4 carbs per meal, and 2 as a snack before i go to bed...is that too many? ugh.
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Old Sun, Jul-13-08, 09:19
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In my opinion that's a strange way to do it, but it's certainly low carb.

Please take a look at an established plan. You might, unknowingly, be including carbs from sources that have higher glycemic index and can stop you from gaining all the benefits of other plans.

Many of us are having great success with the old 72 Atkins. Check out our thread if you'd like.

It's wonderful that the dietitian has recognized low carb as a way to help you. It really really will.

I have reversed heart disease, lowered my BP (cause of my heart failure), no longer borderline T2 diabetic, my hormone levels are now normal (PCOS at bay), and have been weaned off asthma medicine (used to take 4 puffs a day of Advair, now it's one a week! and only when it's terribly smoggy out.)

I'm so glad you found us fifi! Good health is very close at hand.
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Are you talking about 4 exchanges of starches/bread per meal? Each exchange is 15g carbs, so 14 per day is 210g of carbs per day. And my recollection is that fruit is a separate exchange with something like 3 fruit exchanges on the 1800 cal diet. Each fruit exchange is also 15g carbs.

If this is the diet she put you on, well, it is not a low carb diet.
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Old Sun, Jul-13-08, 12:26
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hey, another person chiming in about this - doing low carb has definitely faded this discoloration for me also, and i've been eating lc for a relatively short time, too. so there's hope...
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Old Sun, Jul-13-08, 13:39
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yeah LessLiz u are correct on the diet she put me on, and that is the one that i am following, but i have not seen any results. i was on metformin but it didnt help either. i was on it for a year. i dont know what to do anymore. does anyone know how to prevent recurring infections, because i also get them alot. I dont try to take in alot of sugar, and i cut out most beverages. and i dont eat alot of bread, and i bake, grill, and i never fry my foods. what am i doing wrong?
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Old Sun, Jul-13-08, 14:33
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No one should be on the ADA diet - least of all diabetics! You'd be better off picking a plan such as Atkins, PPLP, South Beach and following that. Chronic infections are often a sign of high blood glucose levels. Do you have a meter so you can check your BGs?
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Old Sun, Jul-13-08, 16:09
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i had a slight discoloration about the neck, it always looks dirty, what i did was start lcing, im also taking pre diabetes medicine for pcos called metformin, as well as using a skin lightner from avon
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