As obesity rates among kids has continued to climb in recent years, so have cases of Type 2 diabetes among children and teens.
14-year-old Pantera learned this firsthand when she began to notice sudden changes in her health.Â She was thirsty all the time and suffered from headaches and mood swings. But there was something else. Pantera had a strange, dark-colored ring around her neck. At first, her mother thought it was just dirt â€” but that ring became the red flag that alerted her to Panteraâ€™s Type 2 diabetes.
Doctors say that if you see thisÂ ring, it meansÂ yourÂ insulin isnâ€™t working properly. This could signify Type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar.
In addition to the neck, this dark pigmentation â€” known as â€œacanthosis nigricansâ€ â€” can also be found on the underarms or groin. According to, the elevated insulin levels in the body activates insulin receptors in the skin, forcing it to grow abnormally and cause extra pigment in the skin.
Scroll down to seeÂ what this strange ring looks likeâ€¦
H/T: ABC News