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Can Psoriasis increase the risk of Diabetes?
It is widely known that Diabetes 2 symptoms can be triggered by: genetics, obesity, poor diet, lack of activity, stress and other factors but, can a skin disorder increase the likelihood of developing Diabetes?
Unfortunately over the past decade, scientists and researchers have discovered that there is a possible link between Psoriasis outbreaks and Diabetes disorder and that most psoriasis patients are unaware of the risks. In other words, if you have psoriasis and especially if your symptoms are severe, there are more chances you will develop Diabetes at a later stage.
In a recent study held by Usman Khalid (Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, the more severe the psoriasis symptoms patients had, the higher the incidence rates for developing new-onset Diabetes (DM).
April Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Dermatology in University of California also agrees that there is a strong link between Psoriasis and Diabetes “Our investigation found a clear association between psoriasis and diabetes» he says, “Patients with psoriasis and their physicians need to be aware of the increased risk of developing diabetes so that patients can be screened regularly and benefit from early treatment.”
What we call “Psoriasis” is basically symptoms like red flaky skin which causes itch and discomfort in certain areas of the body (usually it affects the elbows and knees but it can develop almost anywhere in the body.) Psoriasis is classified as an autoimmune disorder where the own body cells multiply in such a fast rate that the body can’t recognize its own tissues like the skin and starts to fight them triggering an inflammatory response. It is estimated that 2.2% of the US population suffers from psoriasis which is 75 billion people in simple numbers while similar figures are estimated worldwide.
Diabetes is a disorder that is caused by insufficient insulin production, or inability to recognize insulin by the body. Diabetes affects many internal tissues (e.g nervous system cardiovascular system) but it can affect the skin as well. When you have diabetes, there is a chance you will develop: pigmentation problems, dry/dull skin, fungal infections and other dermatological disorders.
Both Diabetes and Psoriasis are affected by poor or wrong immune system function which in turn can affect skin health but how exactly can Psoriasis cause Diabetes? Armstrong notes that “There is evidence that fat cells in psoriasis patients may not function normally” and that “These cells secrete inflammatory substances known as cytokines that increase insulin resistance in the liver and muscle and initiate destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.”
Obviously there is much evidence supporting the Diabetes and Psoriasis link. So the best thing to do according to many experts – if you suffer from psoriasis – symptoms is to visit a trusted physician and do blood tests regularly to find out if your sugar levels are high and if you have a predisposition to Diabetes. Regular screening can be used as preventive and controlling measure which will decrease your chances of developing the disorder.
In case you already suffer from both Psoriasis and Diabetes, consult with team of experts like a Diabetologist and a Dermatologist which will recommend the right treatment program to ease your symptoms.
Note: The information provided is not based on some research done by the author or the website. You can check the details about the study over here: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/03/10/dc12-2330.full.pdf+html