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Skin is the largest organ of the human body and it is constantly exposed to the external environment. It faces all the dangers of the outside world, seen and unseen, as it protects the body that it covers.

Is it not our duty that we take care of this beautiful organ that protects us and feels for us?

 
   
Diet and Skin Diseases: Updates
   
Milk Consumption Worsens Acne and Promotes Chronic Diseases:
  Consumption of cow's milk and cow's milk protein result in changes of the hormonal axis of insulin, growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1(IGF-1) in humans. Raised levels of serum IGF-1 can explain the epidemic incidence of adolescent acne in Western milk-consuming societies. Acne can be regarded as a model for chronic Western diseases with pathologically increased IGF-1-stimulation.

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  • Melnik B. Milk consumption: aggravating factor of acne and promoter of chronic diseases of Western societies. Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft. April 2009;7(4):364–370. DOI: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2009.07019.x. Free Full text
  • Solomons NW. Nature's Perfect Food Revisited: Recent Insights on Milk Consumption and Chronic Disease Risk. DOI: 10.1301/002966402320243278. Nutrition Reviews. June 2002;60(6):180–182. Abstract
  • Danby FW. Acne: Diet and acnegenesis. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2011 [cited 2011 Aug 21];2:2-5. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2011/2/1/2/79851
Role of diet in acne:
  A large body of evidence now exists showing how diet may directly or indirectly influence the development acne.

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Hyperinsulinemic diseases of civilization: more than just syndrome X [See Full text]

 

 
More evidence to link psoriasis with metabolic syndrome:
 

Several reports in the recent years have suggested associations between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome sidorders. 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. Full Text | 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. Abstract
  • 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
  • Gisondi P et al. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients with psoriasis: a hospital-based case–control study
    British Journal of Dermatology. July 2007;157(1):68–73. Full text
  • Kimball AB et al. National Psoriasis Foundation clinical consensus on psoriasis comorbidities and recommendations for screening. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Jun;58(6):1031-42. Epub 2008 Mar 4.Available at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/dermatol/faculty/pdf/gelfand/NPFcomorbidities.pdf
  • Rahat S. Azfar RS, Gelfand JM. Psoriasis and Metabolic Disease: Epidemiology and Pathophysiology. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2008;20(4):416-422. http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/dermatol/faculty/pdf/gelfand/BOR309.pdf
  • More Evidence of Psoriasis Link to Metabolic Diseases Report
  • Wolters M. Diet and psoriasis: experimental data and clinical evidence. Br J Dermatol. 2005 Oct;153(4):706-14. Full Text
Vitiligo and Diet:
 

Given the pivotal role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of vitiligo, food contaminants/additives/preservatives and cosmetic products could aggravate vitiligo because they produce oxidative stress in the skin. Increased consumption of omega-6 or a vegetable source of oils and decreased omega-3 intake may increase, in vivo , the production of free radicals and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Omega-3 fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid, in particular, are well-documented inhibitors of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and appear to exert protection against autoimmunity by enhancing antioxidant enzymes and transforming growth factor-β mRNA levels.

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  • Namazi MR, Chee Leok G. Vitiligo and diet: A theoretical molecular approach with practical implications. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2009 [cited 2011 Mar 14];75:116-8. Full text

Male pattern baldness and hyperinsulinemic disorders
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Fructose (Fruit Sugar) is a more important cause for metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver disease, obesity
 

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