May 22

Diet and Skin

Several skin diseases, especially acne, psoriasis, dandruff, vitiligo, hirsutism, male pattern baldness etc., are increasingly being associated with metabolic syndrome and with certain specific dietary patterns. There is evidence to show that dietary modifications can help in alleviating or preventing many of these problems.



New Evidence for Diet and Skin Diseases

Dietary implications for the development of acne: a shifting paradigm.  Cordain L.  In: U.S. Dermatology Review II 2006, (Ed.,Bedlow, J). Touch Briefings Publications, London, 2006.  [See]

Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization. Cordain L. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138:1584-1590. [See]

Evidence to link psoriasis with metabolic syndrome: Several reports in the recent years have suggested associations between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome sidorders. Results of a new study at Reykjavik’s Landspitali, the National University hospital of Iceland suggest that patients — especially women — with psoriasis may be at increased risk for metabolic syndrome. The study involving more than 6,500 people found the prevalence of metabolic syndrome to be higher among patients with psoriasis (40 percent) than among those without (23 percent) [See Love TJ et al. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in Psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. Published online December 20, 2010. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.370. Abstract | Report]

See Other Studies:

  • Cohen AD. Psoriasis and the Metabolic Syndrome. Acta Derm Venereol 2007;87:506–509. Full Text
  • Gottlieb AB et al. Psoriasis and the Metabolic Syndrome. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. June, 2008. Full Text
  • Sommer DM et al. Increased prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis Arch Derm Res. 2006;298(7):321-328. Abstract
  • A study reported at the Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting suggested that severe psoriasis doubled the likelihood of metabolic syndrome as compared with no history of psoriasis and the the prevalence of each component of metabolic syndrome increased with psoriasis severity, including obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, and elevated glucose [Report]

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