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Why Your Weight Matters If You Have Psoriasis

Maintaining a healthy weight can be important for those with psoriasis.

If you have psoriasis, you already know that smart lifestyle strategies (such as managing stress, not using harsh soaps, and avoiding certain foods) may help keep symptoms at bay. But one of the most important things you can do to keep the skin condition under control might be to shed extra pounds. Here, five reasons why it’s so crucial for psoriasis patients to watch their weight.

 Losing weight may help improve symptoms

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which means the immune system attacks a part of the body (in this case, the skin). The result is raised red, white, or silvery patches on the skin, as well as other possible symptoms such as itching, nail disfigurement, or dry, cracked skin. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning you have it for your entire life—but weight loss may alleviate some of the symptoms.

“Studies show that diet and exercise can reduce symptoms of psoriasis,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City. In a recent Danish study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, obese psoriasis participants who lost 10% to 15% of their body weight showed significant improvement in symptoms. What’s more, the improvement was long-lasting: a year after the study ended, the participants who lost at least 22 pounds from their start weight continued to experience improved quality of life.

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