Psoriasis increases the chances of type 2 diabetes, particularly in more severe cases.
Psoriasis raises the risk of type 2 diabetes depending on the intensity of the skin disorder. Psoriasis has been found to be an independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes, with a much greater risk found in those with severe psoriasis. The researchers estimate 115,000 individuals will develop type 2 diabetes based on their risk of psoriasis alone.
Joel M. Gelfand, associate professor of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine, said, “These data suggest that patients with psoriasis are at increased risk for developing diabetes even if they don’t have common risk factors such as obesity. Patients with psoriasis should eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, and see their physician for routine preventative health screenings such as checks of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.”
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which causes the skin to become thick, inflamed, and scaly. Psoriasis has also been associated with myocardial infarction, stroke, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular mortality.
Lead author Rahat S. Azfar said, “In addition to having an increased risk of diabetes, people with psoriasis are more likely to have metabolic syndrome, high triglycerides, and raised glucose levels, even if they are not overweight or have other common risk factors for these conditions. Both patients with psoriasis, especially those with severe psoriasis, and their treating physicians should be aware of the potential for systemic metabolic complications associated with this skin disease.”