Skin Tags; What Your Body is Trying to Warn You About.

Zoom in to see my dying skin tag – summer was indulgent!

Skin tags are those annoying extra small deposits of skin which just ‘all of a sudden’ turn up on your body. They don’t hurt, and they tend to appear in the neck, chest, and rib cage area. Sometimes they are there for years, sometimes they get bigger, and sometimes they go away. While the skin tag itself doesn’t really present any issues (unless you’re like me, and just find them unsightly and annoying), what they are presenting is actual problem.

You see, skin tags are a manifestation of metabolic disorder or imbalance. What is that? It’s quite simply when your metabolism isn’t functioning as optimally as it should. One of the most common metabolic disorders is insulin resistance. Or, in other words, consuming far too much sugar for your body’s own good.

Mini blood sugar and insulin:

When you eat a food which contains glucose (most foods do), the amount of glucose you have in your blood naturally increases. In comes insulin, a hormone secreted by your pancreas, who’s main role is to regulate the amount of nutrients circulating in your bloodstream. This process serves to distribute glucose to your cells and the liver to produce energy for you to use. Insulin also ensures you’re not having an unhealthy amount of glucose/sugar in your blood.

However, what can happen when we eat TOO much sugar, is our insulin effectively turns ‘deaf’ to the physiological signals which command it to pick up sugar from your bloodstream, and escort it into your cells. So now, your cells are actually LOW in sugar, potentially causing fatigue and tiredness, and your bloodstream is well…extra sugary. You now have HIGH blood sugar, and poorly nourished cells. Boo!

This is a pretty efficient way to develop type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, which aren’t to be taken lightly. Having insulin resistance and imbalanced blood sugar for a prolonged period of time can cause serious damage to your liver, pancreas and digestive health, just to name a few.

Skin tags and darkening/discolouration on the skin of your armpits, knees and elbows can indicate you are insulin resistant, or in the stage right before, insulin insensitivity. Basically, pay attention to these skin presentations, it isn’t a matter of cutting them off or having them enhanced. The solution may very well lie (as with most things) in what you put in your mouth.

I remember when I first noticed I had a tiny skin tag on my neck in my early 20s. I HATED it. I thought it was some weird zit that just had to die. I put myself through physical anguish trying everything to pop it. I gave up, and decided to forget about it. At the same time, I had just arrived in Cairo, Egypt where I was spending a long holiday with friends and family. Partying and socialising took my nights, and I found myself forgetting about having dinners. So essentially I had unintentionally been intermittent fasting almost everyday from about 6/7pm every night till about 12 midday the next day for about 60 days. And I had no idea, I was just outchea livin my best life. When I got back to London, I realised I lost about 8kgs and my skin tag had miraculously disappeared.

Moral of the story? If you see skin tags and discolouration in your skin, it might be time to address your diet. I have loads of posts on how you can lose fat and improve your diet, so you’ve come to the right place. The main thing is to reduce the amount of glucose you’re putting into your body, in conjunction with using that glucose by staying active. Remember, exercise can be as simple as going for brisk walks and stretching, if that is all that is available to you (read more about how to use walking for fat loss here).

If you know this post resonated with you and you don’t know where to start, it is really worth seeking advice from a professional nutritional therapist. Drop me a comment and I can point you in the right direction!

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