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Acanthosis Nigricans Causes & Risks


This condition is most often caused by being overweight, but can also, very rarely, be caused by the presence of a tumor.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors for acanthosis nigricans include being overweight, having unusually high insulin levels, or eating a diet rich in starches and sugars. People of African-American descent are also more likely to develop acanthosis nigricans than people of other racial derivation.

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