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How can acanthosis nigricans be prevented?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Acanthosis nigricans is a condition that causes thickened, coarse brown or blacks marks on the skin, particularly in folds around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts. Some people are born with it, but for others it may be preventable. Acanthosis nigricans is linked with several medical conditions, including disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands.

Many people with acanthosis nigricans have high blood insulin levels, which are a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and obesity. For these people, regular exercise and a healthy diet may help prevent the skin condition. Your doctor also might suggest that you avoid medications that may cause acanthosis nigricans. These include growth hormone, oral contraceptives, and certain cholesterol-lowering drugs. Consult your physician if you think you may be at risk for acanthosis nigricans.

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