Shocking Diagnoses Linked To “Dirt” Ring Around Neck

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A 14 year old girl named Pantera, began to have headaches and mood swings, which seemed to appear out of nowhere. She also had a dark circle around her neck but it never really bothered her. This dark circle is often seen as dirt, but it’s in fact a clear sign of type 2 diabetes.

The dark circle is linked to insulin problems which is a clear indicator of type 2 diabetes. This dark circle can also appear under the arms and groin.

Courtney Louper shared this story on Facebook as a warning to help other people identify signs of diabetes which at first can seem harmless.

If you are type 2 diabetic, your body does not use insulin correctly. This is known as insulin resistance. Your pancreas will first try to make extra insulin to make up for it but over time it isn’t able to keep up and will not be able to make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at a normal level.

As obesity rates are on the rise, type 2 diabetes is now extremely common in children. According to the latest available research:

  • Roughly 1 in 11 people have diabetes in the U.S.
  • More than 5000 youth were diagnosed with diabetes in both 2008 and 2009
  • Approximately 208,000 Americans under the age of 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, approximately 0.25% of the population

Being overweight or having a family history of type 2 diabetes puts you at risk of becoming diabetic.

The most common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes are as follows:

  • excessive thirst
  • fatigue
  • blurry vision
  • frequent or increased urination
  • excessive hunger
  • sores or cuts that won’t heal

Helpful tips to live a healthier lifestyle (whether diabetic or not)

Treating children for diabetes may be difficult, as a healthy diet and exercising is most important for this condition.

However, it is important that your child’s diet focuses on whole grains, fruits and vegetables which are low in fat and high in fibre.  Reduce your child’s intake of sweets, refined carbohydrates and animal products and opt for low-glycemic index foods.

Regular exercise is important for everyone, but especially for those with type 2 diabetes. Exercise should be a part of your daily routine and it is much easier to get into it if you choose activities that you enjoy – be it swimming, walking or dancing.

If you are diabetic, be sure to get your doctor’s permission before starting any form of exercise.


  1. Brittney Karakozis

    April 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Chris Karakozis

  2. Alysa Louise

    April 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm


  3. Sophie Anning-Baker

    April 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Jim Baker

  4. Constance N. Smith

    April 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Not necessarily diabetes. This is a symptom of PCOS as well, which can effect females in menstrual/reproductive ages. Headaches and mood swings are also symptoms. I would take her to OBGYN and have them run the blood and ultrasound tests to rule out PCOS.

  5. Tiffany Petrillo

    April 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Cindy Murphy Ditta remember u guys told me to scrub this!! It didn’t come off!!

  6. Cindy Murphy Ditta

    April 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I know I seen and read it. I didn’t share to u. I thought I did.

  7. Lupe Ortiz Martinez

    April 29, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Ramon Ortiz

  8. Ligiane Punkin

    April 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Mollie Owens-Mazzotta, goodness! Remember heather? I bet she didn’t even know this then

  9. Shelley Sharp

    May 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Again, it is a sign of insulin problems but it does NOT mean the person has diabetes. Most people with PCOS have it too and PCOS is NOT a indicator of DM II. It only means a person is insulin resistant, nothing more. The only way someone with PCOS will end up with DM II later in life is due to poor diet and/or hereditary causes, just like anyone else, it does not increase the chances at all.

  10. Diaz Jandra

    May 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Rosa Munoz

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