Study says Psoriasis might attract type 2 Diabetes


Those suffering from psoriasis need to be aware that they are in danger of acquiring type 2 diabetes. This is not a joke and it is very serious. The risk rises in line with the skin disease’s severity, according to recent research from the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine in Philadelphia.

According to the team lead by Joel M. Gelfand, a professor of dermatology and epidemiology — reports the findings in a paper that was published recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

“We know psoriasis is linked to higher rates of diabetes,” Prof. Gelfand explains, “but this is the first study to specifically examine how the severity of the disease affects a patient’s risk.”

According to WebMD, it is unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It’s characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. It is normally seen in the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.

Gelfand and his team suggest that the findings support the idea that there is a biological connection between psoriasis and type 2 diabetes.

In the US alone around 7.5 million people are4 affected by the disease. It develops from a fault in the immune system that disrupts the normal biology of the skin and joints.

Around 80–90 percent of people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, an inflammatory condition in which the immune system sends faulty signals that make skin cells grow too fast.

When the cells reach the surface, they just die they form lesions that appear as thick red patches covered with silvery scales. The patches typically develop on the elbows, palms, face, scalp, lower back, knees, and soles of the feet, but they can also affect the mouth, nails, genitals, and other places.

40 percent of people with psoriasis deal with psoriatic arthritis, which is a form of the disease that causes inflammation in the joints and has symptoms similar to those of arthritis.

If you have psoriasis, you need to take care of your body more than ever since you are prone to other disease like Type 2 diabetes.

According to Wikipedia, Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.

For their study, Prof. Gelfand and his team used data on two groups of adults — 8,124 with psoriasis and 76,599 without — who were followed for about 4 years.

The data, which came from a survey of general practitioners in the United Kingdom, included a measure of psoriasis severity called body surface area (BSA), which gives the percentage of the body that is affected by the disease. In the U.S., around 20 percent of those with psoriasis have a BSA of 5 percent or more.

From the data, the researchers could see that 3.44 percent (280 people) of the psoriasis group and 2.44 percent (1,867) of the non-psoriasis group were diagnosed with diabetes over the follow-up.

Sources: Wikipedia/ Diabetes, WebMD, Medical News Today