Researchers in Germany say that acne is a risk indicator for metabolic disease. ….I recently came across this research paper published late last year (2013), in a medical dermatology journal. It summarises the current research; which supports a strong link between the same Western Diet that causes acne as a teenager and increased body mass index, insulin resistance in later life. It suggests that acne is a long-term Risk Indicator of certain diseases: It does not suggest, however, that acne causes these diseases in later life. Instead, this research suggests that the Western diet, which plays a big role in the development of acne in early life, if left unchecked, the ongoing consumption of these same foods, would ultimately cause more serious diseases in the future.
The researchers suggest that acne is a “visible indicator” of an overactive metabolic state where the body is trying to respond and process an overload of calories; in particular sugar. The study concluded (and there is good evidence) that this overworked metabolic condition leads to serious long term conditions and diseases of metabolism such as overweight (increased BMI), obesity, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and potentially Alzheimer’s disease, according to the researchers.
REFERENCE: Melnik, Bodo C. (2013). Acne: risk indicator for increased body mass index and insulin resistance. Acta Derm Venereol, 93(6), 644-9