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Study finds no connection between glycemic index and acne

To see the entire article, you need to purchase it, but here is the study's abstract:

Dietary glycemic index and glucose, insulin, insulin-like growth factor-I, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3, and leptin levels in patients with acne

Yesim Kaymak MDa, , , Esra Adisen MDb, Nilsel Ilter MDb, Aysun Bideci MDc, Demet Gurlerd and Bulent Celik PhDe

aMedical Health Center, University of Gazi, Ankara, Turkey

bFaculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, University of Gazi, Ankara, Turkey

cFaculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Gazi, Ankara, Turkey

dFaculty of Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gazi, Ankara, Turkey

eVocational Education Faculty, University of Gazi, Ankara, Turkey

Accepted 17 June 2007. Available online 26 July 2007.

Background

Several isolated observations have suggested that acne can develop in groups when a high glycemic index diet is adopted.

Objective

This study was designed to examine associations among daily diet glycemic index, glycemic loads, serum insulin levels, and acne.

Methods

A total of 49 patients with acne and 42 healthy control subjects were included in the study. At the initial visit, fasting glucose, insulin, insulin-like growth factor-I, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3, and leptin levels were measured. A voluntary self-completed questionnaire was administered and participants were asked how frequently they consumed the specified amount of food. Overall glycemic index and dietary glycemic load were calculated.

Results

No significant differences were observed between patients with acne and control subjects in serum glucose, insulin, leptin levels, overall glycemic index, or dietary glycemic load.

Limitations

The information and data obtained from this questionnaire were limited to patients' own recollections.

Conclusion

Results of this study indicate that dietary glycemic index, glycemic load, and insulin levels do not have a role in pathogenesis of acne in younger patients.

Abbreviations: ELISA, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; IGF, insulin-like growth factor; IGFBP, insulin-like growth factor binding protein

Funding sources: None.

Conflicts of interest: None declared.

Reprint requests: Yesim Kaymak, MD, Hoşdere cad. Şair Baki Sok. 2/5 Y. Ayrancı-Ankara 06540 Turkey.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Volume 57, Issue 5, November 2007, Pages 819-823

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Yep, avoiding sugary foods makes no difference to my acne at all. I finally gave up cutting all added sugar from my diet a week or so ago. Thanks for the article, Willow!

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So why would things like crossaints and chocolate bars break me out? Ive tested a number of times that when i add them back in, i.e sugary or white flour products, i break out.

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So why would things like crossaints and chocolate bars break me out? Ive tested a number of times that when i add them back in, i.e sugary or white flour products, i break out.

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So why would things like crossaints and chocolate bars break me out? Ive tested a number of times that when i add them back in, i.e sugary or white flour products, i break out.

Most likely it's the gluten and dairy.

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So why would things like crossaints and chocolate bars break me out? Ive tested a number of times that when i add them back in, i.e sugary or white flour products, i break out.

Most likely it's the gluten and dairy.

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This isn't surprising. Anyone who has been to Nicarargua knows they consume a lot of fast acting carbs yet they have no diabetes or acne.

It's really the additives and chemicals, like free glutamate, that affects acne.

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I think this study is unreliable.

Regardless, I have seen causal effects of outbreak with blood sugar spikes, especially with my rosacea, so I plan to continue doing what works for me.

I think the most important thing that anyone can do for themself is to carefully exclude things until they determine what seems to be detrimental to them, exclude it a second time to replicate and confirm it, then modify their habits accordingly. It's an incredibly individual thing and should be treated as such.

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This isn't surprising. Anyone who has been to Nicarargua knows they consume a lot of fast acting carbs yet they have no diabetes or acne.

It's really the additives and chemicals, like free glutamate, that affects acne.

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If i read right, no one changed their diet, they just recorded what they ate. So the researches found that the subjects with acne and the ones without didnt differ significantly in GI or GL.

They concluded that it does not play a role in the path.. watever of acne. But the people with acne are obviously ACNE-PRONE while the others are not. Now if the acne-prone people changed their diets to low glycemic, i would bet that the results would have changed drastically.

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I totally agree that this study may have left a lot out, and might not have considered many things. But it is still interesting that they did not notice any differences in Insulin, or other measurable things. It does not mean that eating healthier does not help acne, or that eating lower GL does not help, it is just showing some relevant info.

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they shouldn't even include people that have no acne in these studies because people that have no acne will not get acne from sugar and other things but people with acne(acne Prone) might be affected by different foods and stuff.

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I totally agree that this study may have left a lot out, and might not have considered many things. But it is still interesting that they did not notice any differences in Insulin

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I always drink sunkist 56g sugars thats alot

i never get break out.

I only breakout if i eat hamburger , pizza etc ( maybe )

^^

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So why would things like crossaints and chocolate bars break me out? Ive tested a number of times that when i add them back in, i.e sugary or white flour products, i break out.

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So why would things like crossaints and chocolate bars break me out? Ive tested a number of times that when i add them back in, i.e sugary or white flour products, i break out.

Just like i read on Proactiv solution guide

Chocolate , pizza etc does not give acne..

but certain food does , and they are Diary foods.

so avoid if you get break out .

sugars doesn't give acne.

I drink Sunkist like all day has a bunch of sugars , - i never get acne -

I ate lots of chocolate in halloween - never break out :P -

but i ate pizza hamburger.. so now i have a few acne on my back...

dang cheese :X

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People predisposed to allergies develop acne because of them.

People predisposed to blood sugar issues develop acne because of them.

People predisposed to abdominal weight gain develop acne because of it.

People predisposed to digestive issues develop acne because of them.

People predisposed to nutritional deficiency develop acne because of them.

And so on ...

Each person has a weak point and each weak point has a specific trigger which influences them but not the ones with different weak points requiring different triggers. I'm not saying this is an universal rule but backs up my anecdotal and learning experience.

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If i read right, no one changed their diet, they just recorded what they ate. So the researches found that the subjects with acne and the ones without didnt differ significantly in GI or GL.

They concluded that it does not play a role in the path.. watever of acne. But the people with acne are obviously ACNE-PRONE while the others are not. Now if the acne-prone people changed their diets to low glycemic, i would bet that the results would have changed drastically.

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damn you got my hopes up. This study didnt prove shit. The one study done in australia a couple years back, where they actually went through the effort of putting the subjects on a diet showed that there was a connection between glycemic index and acne.

This is a retarded set up.

Here are the results of the study where they actually conducted a legitimate experiment rather than a questionnaire.

http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/86/1/107

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A low GI diet works, but not because it lowers insulin response. This is what this study is showing actually and is completely compatible with the diets people are having success with here.

The low GI diet works because it drastically reduces and sometimes completely eliminates grains in the diet, especially the gluten grains. This leads to less intestinal permeability which leads to less acne.

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The low GI diet works because it drastically reduces and sometimes completely eliminates grains in the diet, especially the gluten grains. This leads to less intestinal permeability which leads to less acne.

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