Monday, 24 October 2016
The Link Between Type 2 Diabetes & Psoriasis
Researchers in Denmark studying data from about 34,000 sets of twins discovered type 2 diabetics were over 50 percent more likely to have psoriasis versus people without diabetes.
The researchers also found that the likelihood of psoriasis to be greater the more weight a person carried. In the study, obese persons with a body mass index (BMI) of over 35 (over 30 is obese) had about a 100 percent higher likelihood of suffering from psoriasis than people of normal weight.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Anne Sophie Lonnberg of the University of Copenhagen admitted that “Psoriasis is a complex disorder,” and that “The genetic background for the disease and its many comorbidities [co-existing conditions] have not yet been fully uncovered,”
According to “The study authors suggested that genetics, smoking, drinking alcohol, or inflammation might play a role.”
Lonnberg noted that this study cannot prove or say what kind of link between psoriasis and type 2 diabetes exist, it only demonstrates that there is some kind of connection. She also mentioned that the link could exist in part due to similar genes.
She said, “The reason psoriasis and obesity are associated is not only due to a common lifestyle, but they are also associated due to common genes,” and that “It is important to treat psoriasis and obesity and diabetes, since they are risk factors for heart disease and could have serious effects on overall health.”
Lonnberg and team checked data belonging to about 34,000 twins between age 20 and 71 and found that 8 percent of the type 2 diabetics had psoriasis while 4 percent of the non-diabetics had psoriasis. The researchers found that the sufferers of psoriasis were on average heavier and more likely to have psoriasis if they were obese versus overweight.
The study included an assessment regarding the pairs of twins in which one twin had psoriasis but the other did not. They found that the twin with psoriasis tended to weigh more than the twin without psoriasis.
Dr. Joel Gelfand is an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He indicated that psoriasis goes beyond affecting the skin, “Psoriasis is not just a disease of the skin — patients and health care professionals need to be aware of systemic health issues associated with psoriasis,” and he added to that perhaps “chronic inflammation in psoriasis may predispose patients to diabetes,”
Experts recommend that psoriasis needs to be treated in a way that includes the known risk factors. People with psoriasis should get tested for type 2 diabetes and strive for lifestyle changes that might positively impact the underlying inflammation involved with all three conditions–psoriasis, extra weight, and type 2 diabetes.
Then, it is important to seek healthcare providers to help treat each condition in order to best care for the whole.
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