Acne and low glycemic index diet


Marilyn May, B.P.H.E.,N.D.

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia studied the affects of a low glycemic load diet on acne. The subject group was 43 male acne patients aged 15 to 25 years. The experimental diet was 25% energy from protein and 45 % energy from low glycemic index carbohydrates.

The study found at 12 weeks, the mean total lesion counts had decreased more in the group with the low glycemic index diet. They found there was reduction of weight, body mass index and improvement in insulin sensitivity in the low glycemic index groupAcne has been called diabetes of the skin. When we combine this diet with vitamins and minerals that also improve insulin sensitivity we often see an even greater improvement in acne.Reference

1)SmithRN,Mann NJ, Braue A, et al, A low glycemic-load diet improves symptoms in acne vulgaris: a randomized controlled trial. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2007 Jul;86(1):107-15

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