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Does acanthosis nigricans go away if you lose weight?

Does acanthosis nigricans go away if you lose weight?

Usually: When you eat a healthy diet (without processed sugars and starches and full of healhty antiinflammatory fruits & veggies), increase activity and lose weight, your skin usually resolves. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have acanthosis nigricans on my neck, armpits and groin. Will it go away if I lose weight and avoid sugar? I'm 6 foot 220 pounds.

 I have acanthosis nigricans on my neck, armpits and groin. Will it go away if I lose weight and avoid sugar? I'm 6 foot 220 pounds.

See below: Sometimes acanthosis nigricans is congenital (something a person is born with). It also can occur as a result of obesity or an endocrine (glandular) disorder. It is frequently found in people with diabetes or a tendency towards diabetes and is most common among people of African descent. lowering your insulin level will help.See your MD. ...Read more

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Does acanthosis nigricans fade away if you lose weight?

Does acanthosis nigricans fade away if you lose weight?

Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! if it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Most important, the underlying cause (such as obesity) needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin. Otherwise, some lasers and prescription creams can help. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Maybe: Acanthosis nigricans are a sign of Insulin resistance and if you have not already been checked by a doctor for diabetes you should do that. Being overweight/obese contributes significantly to Insulin resistance and diabetes which in turn are the most common cause of acanthosis nigricans. While you may not like how they look, the bigger threats are the invisible ones resulting from extra weight. ...Read more

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You get acanthosis nigricans from loosing weight?

You get acanthosis nigricans from loosing weight?

Sign of Health Risk: Acanthosis nigricans is a darker pigmentation that is often seen along the sides of the neck. The skin may also have a roughened texture. Acanthosis nigricans can be an important clue that a person is at higher risk than normal for diabetes. If you have this, ask your doctor to help you reduce your risk for diabetes. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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What is the association between acanthosis nigricans and body weight?

More weight more ins: Acanthosis nigricans is a thickening and darkening of the skin of the neck and other body creases in response to high circulating Insulin concentrations. With greater body weight people are more likely to become Insulin resistant and need high Insulin levels to keep the blood sugars in a normal range.. They are therefore more likely to develop acanthosis. ...Read more

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What's this strange spot in my cleavage that comes & goes? When it's dark it looks like acanthosis nigricans but when it reddens it looks like Psorias

What's this strange spot in my cleavage that comes & goes? When it's dark it looks like acanthosis nigricans but when it reddens it looks like Psorias

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! if it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Some lasers and prescription creams may help. Most importantly, the underlying cause needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin changes as well! ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Acanthosis Nigricans (Definition)

A skin condition characterized by areas of dark, velvety discoloration in body folds and creases. The affected skin can become thickened. Most often, acanthosis nigricans affects your ...Read more