Acanthosis nigricans

  • o   Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is a skin marker associated with high insulin levels and insulin resistance and is considered a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.  

    o   Because of the increasingly alarming rates of children developing type 2 diabetes, AN assessments are important and can help identify children with high insulin levels who may be at risk for developing the disease.

    o   This screening will be done on your child in 7th Grade and any new 8th graders to the district, and includes a simple observation of your child's neck.  The shirt does not need to be removed for this screening.

    o   Related links -
        1. Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children
        2. Texas Risk Assessmetn for Type 2 Diabetes in Childre - Risk Factor Electonic System