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Can Paleo Help Ichthyosis?

By The Paleo Diet Team
December 16, 2009
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Dear Loren Cordain/Paleo Diet Team,

I can't thank you enough for your research. I have been living The Paleo Diet® for nearly a year now, and it has completely transformed my life. I had been suffering from Sjogrens syndrome for years, but after starting this diet my symptoms disappeared almost instantly! I will never eat any other way again.

I also have a question. A friend of mine is suffering from ichthyosis. It is a rare disease where skin dries out. It has a genetic cause. Can the Paleo Diet bring relief to people with these type of diseases as well?

Maelán Fontes' Response:

Ichthyosis Vulgaris has a genetic background. However, our colleague Pedro provided us some information regarding this rare disease. There's some scant evidence that a gluten-free diet might alleviate symptoms of Ichthyosis, and there appears to be an association with coeliac disease (a gluten-triggered disease).

Folic acid and vitamin D supplementation seems to improve this condition.

There's a case report of a patient suffering from ichthyosis whose symptoms improved within 6 months of treatment.

Please keep us posted.

Maelán Fontes MS Ph.D. candidate in Medical Sciences at Lund University, Sweden

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