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Prebiotics improved blood sugar and cholesterol in women with acne

Adult female acne appears to be increasing, and doctors aren’t sure but suspect a link to metabolic syndrome, high blood sugar levels, and high-carbohydrate and high-fat diets.

In this study, 12 women, average age 35, with mild to moderate acne took 600 mg of prebiotics per day while following their normal diets without restriction. None had diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome, which would have complicated the analysis.

After three months, fasting blood sugar levels had declined from 92 to 85 mg per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) at the start of the study.

Total cholesterol levels declined 13 percent, from 184 to 161 mg/dL, and triglycerides declined from 51 to 46 mg/dL. In those who started the study with higher insulin levels, insulin declined 45 percent, from 7.8 to 4.3 millionths international units per milliliter of blood. Discussing the findings, doctors said prebiotics improved measurements of blood sugar and lipids in adult acne in women.

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