Can eating sugar cause acanthosis nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin disorder in which dark, velvety skin appears in various body folds such as the armpits, neck, groin and over the joints of the fingers and toes. Eating too much sugar does not cause acanthosis nigricans. But, among other things, it may be the result of obesity or insulin resistance. Eating much of anything, including sugar, can lead to obesity. Now and then, acanthosis nigricans is the first outward sign of type 2 diabetes.

Please see your healthcare provider to learn and treat the underlying cause of this disorder.

About Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week (American Diabetes Association, 2012). She serves as contributing editor of Environmental Nutrition. A recognized speaker and consultant, Jill is recognized for her practical advice and desires to help others improve their eating habits, to lose weight and to live healthier lives.

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