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Skin Tags, a High-Glycemic Diet and Radiosurgery

Skin tags are annoying but harmless little bits of skin that can affect anyone at anytime. More precisely, skin tags or cutaneous (literally “of the skin”) tags are common superficial growths that appear as small, soft, finger-like appendages that protrude from the skin’s surface by way of a short, narrow stalk. Skin tags are normally non-cancerous, typically have no symptoms, and are often found on areas of the body such as the eyelids, neck, underarms, chest, breasts, groin and other body fold areas where skin rubs against skin or clothing. Treatment is not always necessary unless the cutaneous tag becomes irritated or is aesthetically displeasing.

Skin tags do not usually grow or change and can crop up almost anywhere. The cause of these growths is unclear, but new research shows a relationship between skin tags and increased insulin levels. Cutaneous tags are most commonly found among those who are overweight, insulin resistant, have pre-diabetes or are diabetic.

By decreasing your sugar intake, research suggests the reoccurrence of skin tags can dramatically reduced or even prevented. A diet of mostly low-glycemic foods such as apples, berries, brown rice, multigrain cereals and breads, and vegetables is recommended. As it happens, when we eat foods high in carbohydrates, such as baked goods, pastries, white breads and rice, the insulin in our body increases in an effort to take away the sugar from the blood stream. The sugar is then deposited in fat cells and when it is not metabolized successfully, the insulin level raises dramatically causing impaired carbohydrate metabolism, or insulin resistance. By decreasing the intake of these high-glycemic foods our body’s need for high amounts of insulin is reduced.

You may not be able to resolve existing skin tags by moderating your sugar intake, but you can have them effectively and painlessly removed with radiosurgery. Radiosurgery is a medical, non-invasive treatment of benign and malignant skin lesions. There is usually no re-growth or scar formation after a skin tag is removed and within seven to ten days the treated area heals leaving new skin which gradually blends into the surrounding tissue. From time to time, a biopsy may be performed to diagnose an atypical looking skin tag, but usually the doctor’s analysis can be determined solely on the appearance of the growth itself.

Lu Heaney, Aesthetician & Cosmetic Laser Specialist

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