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Old 03-09-2014, 18:24   #1
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While going through some old photos today, I came across this family photo shown below (son, wife and self) taken 9 years ago (in late 2004) when we were living in Halifax in eastern Canada. The photo was taken roughly a year before my diabetes diagnosis in October 2005.

See how dark my face was and how unhealthy looking the eyes were. Actually, the diabetes diagnosis itself was a result of the investigation into the overall darkening of my skin and especially the appearance of darker patches on the face and the sides of the neck. This reminds me of the story of king Nala and his queen Damayanti from ancient Indian literature. In the story, Nala gets bitten by the king of serpents (actually for the good of Nala) and the venum turns him into a very dark dwarf. Diabetes bit me and turned me from a dark person into a very dark person, but fortunately not a dwarf . It took nearly four years for the very dark complexion and the darker patches to fade away and my normal brown complexion to return. My eyes also got back their healthy look. And in these years, the blackness of the hair also faded away to a grey hue . But I don't blame diabetes for that at least, as I know that it is just the play of Kaala (Time personified.)

I believe that during those days of pre-diabetes, even if I didn't have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), I had hyperinsulinemia (high circulating insulin) and the higher than normal levels of insulin circulating in my blood turned the complexion dark and made black patches to appear. My theory is that insulin being a growth hormone, higher than normal levels of it causes the skin to thicken and the melanin in the skin to proliferate. Thickening skin and proliferating melanin make an already brown person appear much darker and also causes dark patches to appear.

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Very interesting story Rad and lovely family pic.

I wasn't aware that D was connected to skin conditions. On searching the net I see 3 conditions listed; Scleroderma Diabeticorum, Vitiligo and Acanthosis Nigricans.

This answers my question of why I developed Vitiligo patches on my arms 3 years before diagnosis (I'm sure I was diabetic during this time). I had just put it down to sun damage.

Since diagnosis (and having BGLs under control) I haven't developed any more patches on my skin.

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Hi Rad,
Long time. Nice to hear from you. My own album prior to diagnosis has it's fair share of horror stories.

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