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4sons
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   Posted 4/15/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've got a wacky question!

While diabetes (Type 2) does run in my family and I have that lovely sought-after apple build, I *think* I got in trouble w/blood sugar issues about five years ago when I began my first teaching job (a divorce and three years of other work preceeded that!). I gained about 15 lbs. that year and noticed many, MANY skin tags around my neck. While I had them cut off, the kept coming back. Eighteen months later I was diagnosed.

Just today I was putting some lotion on my neck when I notice how smooth my skin feels. No skin tags. I did a quick survey and I HAVE no skin tags anymore nor do I have "old lady" spots on my back.

What's up!?!?!? For the past two years I've been a pretty consistent diet/exercise person and have good blood sugar control. I also weigh a healthy 30 lbs. less than I did at my highest weight.

Is it possible they just disappeared??
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Sweetguy59
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   Posted 4/15/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am just curious, what do you mean by "controlled" by diet and exercise? Are you saying that you BG level is or A1C is maintained at a normal level by diet and exercise alone (no drugs)?
 
I am asking because I am newly diagnosed and looking for hope that it is possible.
 
Steve

joules
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   Posted 4/16/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi - that is strange - the same thing happened to me - tons and tons of tags around the neck area - had them removed - Some of them have come back but not nearly as bad - I too have lost weight (25 lbs) - sugars are a lot lower - still throwing the occasional reading in the 7's and 8's and am on Metformin and Vitamin D (dr orders..) This is kind of eerie isnt it - "The Twilight Zone!!!"

JGriffin
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   Posted 4/16/2007 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
This is so strange about the skin tags on the neck. My mother (who was only diagnosed as a Type II during open heart surgery) had these by the hundreds for years. She would have a LOT of them removed only to have a new batch appear. During those times - 15 to 20 years ago - her annual physical blood workup would indicate she had high triglycerides. The doctors even had her take the blood glucose test where you drink the sugary liquid to see if she was a diabetic. The tests would come back "border-line" every time. Of course, "border-line" numbers back then have actually been recognized as Type II now. Flash forward to myself for the last five years when tags began appearing on my neck also though not as many as my Mom's. I thought it was just a genetic skin condition, but then I was diagnosed in 2005 as a Type II. I never put the tags and diabetes together, but you have me wondering. One doctor told me perhaps it was high cholestrol, but my Mother's cholestrol was always normal or low while mine was only slightly elevated and neither of us were "overweight". Could this be the skin's indication of high sugar in our system long before we are diagnosed "by the numbers"? I think it would be worth looking into to see if more diabetics ever noticed this skin problem. Has anyone seen anything about a connection between diabetes and skin tags on a dermatological website?

4sons
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   Posted 4/16/2007 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Sweetguy59 said...
I am just curious, what do you mean by "controlled" by diet and exercise? Are you saying that you BG level is or A1C is maintained at a normal level by diet and exercise alone (no drugs)?
 
I am asking because I am newly diagnosed and looking for hope that it is possible.
 
Steve
Hi Steve,
 
Both. My daily readings are an INSTANT response to what I eat (exercise has a longer lasting effect). My A1C is a longer range reading of the same thing.
 
I've noticed when I'm sick it TOTALLY wrecks my readings but my doctor still considers me to have "excellent" control.
 
Have you had an A1C yet? If so, what was it (if you don't mind sharing ...)

Good luck ... this is workable!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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