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Sugar in the Diet Can Lead to Acne

Sugar consumption itself has become a disease. Over-consumption can lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic tiredness. Consuming a significant amount of sugar carries many health risks but we cannot avoid the usage of sugar. As sugar is present into our soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. Now research has proved that foods high in sugar can lead to acne and worsen it. Acne vulgaris is a nearly universal skin disease afflicting 79% to 95% of the adolescent population. In men and women older than 25 years, 40% to 54% have some degree of facial acne, and clinical facial acne persists into middle age in 12% of women and 3% of men. ACNE AFFECTS between 40 million and 50 million individuals in the United States. Although acne mainly affects adolescents, it is also present in children and adults. Low–glycemic load diets may have therapeutic potential in reducing symptoms of acne, a disease virtually unknown to the Aché and Kitavans.

Sugar consumption itself has become a disease. Over-consumption of sugar can lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic tiredness.  Consuming a significant amount of sugar carries many health risks but we cannot avoid the usage of sugar. As sugar is present into our soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. Now research has proved that foods high in sugar can lead to acne and worsen it.

 Acne vulgaris is a nearly universal skin disease afflicting 79% to 95% of the adolescent population. In men and women older than 25 years, 40% to 54% have some degree of facial acne, and clinical facial acne persists into middle age in 12% of women and 3% of men. ACNE AFFECTS between 40 million and 50 million individuals in the United States. Although acne mainly affects adolescents, it is also present in children and adults.

Low–glycemic load diets may have therapeutic potential in reducing symptoms of acne, a disease virtually unknown to the Aché and Kitavans.

A report published at "NYTimes" says:

In recent years, studies have shown that what matters may not be sugar itself but a food’s glycemic index, or the speed and extent to which it raises blood glucose levels. Foods that have a high glycemic index — and as a result raise glucose levels rapidly — cause the body to release a flood of insulin and other hormones, which some scientists suspect can stimulate oil production and inflame the skin.

To test the theory, scientists recruited 50 men and boys ages 15 to 25, all of them with acne, and followed their progress for 12 weeks. Some subjects stuck to a typical diet that included high-glycemic foods like white bread, sweetened cereals and pasta, and the others were given foods higher in protein and lower on the glycemic scale, like fish, whole-grain breads and fruit.

At the end of the study, published in 2007, the subjects on the low-glycemic diet had far greater reductions in skin lesions and other symptoms of acne than the control group. They also showed reductions in their levels of free, circulating androgens, the male hormones known to cause acne, suggesting that hormones played a role.

Other studies have found similar connections between high-glycemic foods and acne, though scientists say more research is needed.

There is some evidence that foods high in sugar can worsen acne.

Link to the original article:NY Times

Useful links:

* Read more sugar dangers at 'Mercola.com'

* Over Consumption of Sugar Causes Fatigue

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good work.... thanks

Great info...voted up and Happy Easter!

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