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Could acanthosis nigricans be a symptom of diabetes?

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Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Acanthosis nigricans could be a sign of obesity related Insulin resistance which is also seen in people with type 2 diabetes. Some medications like growth hormones or birth control pills can also cause acanthosis nigricans. With weight loss and control of diabetes and blood sugar, a lot of times the condition resolves.
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Its a sign: Of adult type diabetes.

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Is it possible to have acanthosis nigricans without diabetes?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Other causes include lymphoma, gastrointestinal or genitourinary cancers, and drugs such as human growth hormone and some oral contraceptives. Reference: national library of medicine.

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