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The connection between psoriasis and diabetes

If psoriasis wasn’t bad enough, it’s important to realise that there may be also a link between type 2 diabetes, psoriasis and any excess weight. Research indicates that those who have type 2 diabetes will be 50% more likely to develop psoriasis. But studies also indicate that the risk of psoriasis increases where there is weight gain. There are a number of conditions which can be worsened by weight gain and an unhealthy lifestyle generally: if concerned, have your body mass index (BMI) checked. It is worth a little caution and perhaps some changes to lifestyle in order to reduce your risk.

There’s no doubt that psoriasis is a highly complex disorder, and of course the condition affects people differently, which makes it difficult to manage. Although research into psoriasis is ongoing, there’s still a question mark over the genetic background and the connection to any additional conditions. It has to be said the link between the two conditions is chronic inflammation, and the inflammation caused by psoriasis may cause an insulin-like growth.

Currently, there’s no proof that if you have type 2 diabetes you will get psoriasis, or vice versa. But when it comes to obesity and psoriasis, there are common genes. Without a doubt, awareness is important.

If you have psoriasis currently, take a look at diet, reducing the amount of saturated fats and beginning a gentle exercise regime to reduce the potential for any further health complications.

It’s important to note that although considered a disease of the skin, there is more to psoriasis than this. There may be shared genetics in relation to psoriasis and diabetes, and that where chronic inflammation manifests within a psoriasis flare-up, this may be connected to diabetes. If you have extensive psoriasis and are aged between 40 and 70 years of age, medical tests for diabetes should be carried out.

Early detection of diabetes is important:

• Increased thirst
• Increased urination
• Increased hunger
• Fatigue etc.

If any of these symptoms are present, then seek medical advice as treatment may be required. The constant itching and scratching of psoriasis is more than enough to deal with - preventative measures are required, so that these other health conditions may be avoided. Eating healthily and exercising regularly will play an important role in diabetes prevention, but you have to treat the body as a whole, and this means looking after any psoriasis symptoms, protecting and treating your skin and managing any stress on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference to your well-being, but start slowly and increase as health improves.

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