Skin Tags may be a Sign of Risk for Type II Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease

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Skin tag

Skin tags may be a sign of diabetes: Doctors have connected skin tags to type II diabetes and heart disease. Do you have skin tags? Learn more about the possible risk factors for diabetes and how to remove or treat skin tags. There is a supplement that has proven to help reduce and slow the number of skin tags you have. Often times skin tags develop during pregnancy or in the middle years. Most doctors will tell you they are harmless because they are non-cancerous. While skin tags may be benign, there still may be a reason to worry about them. This is according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology [1]. This study claims skin tags are connected to abnormal lipid levels. This could signal metabolic problems like diabetes and heart disease before they become significant.

Once Skin Tags Form They are Permanent

Skin Tags
A Skin Tag

What are they? Skin Tags often look like small mole-sized portions of skin. They protrude above your normal skin by just a few millimeters. Some of them may be the same color as your surrounding skin while others are hyper pigmented like a freckle or a mole. Sometimes they will even grow and get larger over time. In most cases, they are attached to the underlying skin by a small band of tissue. The tissue that connects a skin tag to the surface of your skin is called a stalk or peduncle. You can manipulate the tag without feeling any pain and they appear to be harmless even though they are unsightly.

Most experts say skin tags are benign, and there is no need to worry about them. You don’t need to remove them unless they are in an undesirable place (like the face).  But is this true?

Skin Tags may be a Warning Sign that You are Prone to Diabetes

Dr. Jonathan Wright of the Tahoma Clinic explains, “Those little guys called “skin tags” usually occur on the neck, armpits, and in the groin. Some people will just have one or two, some people will have a whole crop. They’re caused by a virus, but this particular virus loves the genetics that lead to blood-sugar metabolism problems. If you have skin tags your odds of getting type 2 diabetes are much higher when you’re older” [2].

Skin tag removal remains a personal choice. There are many options available for consumers. You can use freezing, cuttage, electrolysis, and a product application to remove skin tags. If you suffer from skin tags and there is a history of heart disease or diabetes in your family, take precaution. You may be prone to type II diabetes, which is completely preventable.  You may want to start making healthier choices now before you get saddled with a much tougher diagnosis in the future.

Some Claim Skin Tags can be Treated with a Supplement

Some people report that their skin tags start to disappear if they take chromium picolinate. Chromium picolinate reduces insulin resistance, one of the causes of skin tags. Chromium picolinate is a vital mineral that helps the body process carbohydrates and fats.  Some experts believe it should be taken for 3 months before diabetic patients will see results. Typical daily recommended allowance of chromium picolinate is much lower than the recommended dose by the Linus Pauling Institute for the treatment of diabetes.

recommended daily allowance of chromium for diabetes and skin tags
Check out the recommended daily allowance of Chromium by age and common whole foods that are high in chromium.

According to the Linus Pauling Institute:

Generally, chromium supplementation in a variety of forms, at doses of about 200 mcg/day for two to three months, has been found to be beneficial. The reasons for the variation or lack of effect in some studies are not clear, but chromium depletion is not the only known cause of impaired glucose tolerance.

Please Note:

Chromium picolinate may impact your blood glucose (sugar) and insulin sensitivity. Don’t take this supplement before talking with your doctor, especially if you are already on insulin.

Skin tags do not need treatment but if they become sore from rubbing against clothing or jewelry, or if you find them unsightly, they can be removed surgically.

  1. Crook, M.A.Skin tags and the atherogenic lipid profile.” Journal of Clinical Pathology: (2000), 53: 873-874.
  2. Somers, Suzanne. Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness. Crown Publishers: New York, NY (2008), p. 43.
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3 Comments on Skin Tags may be a Sign of Risk for Type II Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease

  1. Wow I had no idea there was a correlation between skin tags and type 2 diabetes. This get’s me a little bit worried because I have a lot of skin tags on my neck. Is there much I can do about this?

    • Me too , In answer to the above comment . I to have skin tags all around my neck area . some are flat . some are raised . to many to count . I never knew about type 2 diabetes or heart disease could be a factor. They
      are very expensive to have removed . and are so unsightly . I have found products on-line that will remove them but first i will have to consult my doctor .

  2. Very effective post. Don’t know that skin tags may be a sign of type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. I am suffering from eyelid skin tags. Thanks for sharing such kind of information.

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