Psoriasis, which affects about 7.5 million Americans, is a disease of the immune system in which inflammation causes skin cells to multiply faster than normal. This skin inflammation is known to promote insulin resistance, and both diseases share similar genetic mutations.
Psoriasis: Connection To Diabetes
People with psoriasis increase their risk for type 2 diabetes and the more severe the psoriasis, the higher the diabetes risk, a new study finds.
Compared with people who did not have psoriasis, the risk for diabetes was 21 percent higher in people with psoriasis on 2 percent of their body. Moreover, it rose to 64 percent higher in those with skin inflammations on more than 10 percent of their body.
Furthermore, every 10 percent increase in skin inflammation, diabetes increases by another 20 percent. For example, skin inflammations on 30% of the body, increases diabetes risk by 104%.
Chronic skin inflammation is the most important and significant contributing factor for the increased diabetes risk, as well as the amount of an insulin-like growth factor in the body that is linked to diabetes. Both diseases are associated with obesity, higher body mass index, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Both diseases are associated with smoking, drinking alcohol, and an unhealthy diet. Also, some skin inflammation treatments can make cholesterol and blood sugar levels more difficult to control.
Weight loss can improve psoriasis. Lose weight and exercise regularly will improve the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Indeed, lowering weight by just 5 to 10 percent can lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and also reduce diabetes risk. Plus, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day, can help reduce skin inflammation symptoms.
Psoriasis is more than just the rash, it actually runs skin deep. It is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and stroke.