Having psoriasis could make it more likely for a person to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
People with psoriasis also may develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a disorder that causes severe liver complications, researchers reported.
The study, “Relationship Between Psoriasis And Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease,” was published in the journal Gastroenterology Review.
Previous studies have suggested links between psoriasis and health conditions such as obesity and metabolic syndrome that can lead to NAFLD, which can cause liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, and end-stage liver disease.
Metabolic syndrome can lead to heart problems and stroke. Its manifestations include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess abdominal fat, and other factors.
Many of those with moderate-to-severe psoriasis also have chronic liver disease, supporting the notion of a link between NAFLD and psoriasis.
To find evidence of a link, researchers studied 250 psoriasis patients. Their mean age was 44 and most were overweight, with an average body-mass index of 24.7 kg/m2).
Patients told the researchers how long they had had psoriasis and whether they had hypertension, dyslipidemia — increased cholesterol — and diabetes. Patients’ height, weight, and waistlines also were measured.
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