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Psoriasis Increases Type-2 Diabetes Risk - Study

By Staff

If you are suffering from psoriasis then you need to be careful, as this can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A new study has found that the risk of type 2 diabetes increases with psoriasis than those without the condition. The risk further increases with the severity of the case.

Before we dwell into the study, let us first know what exactly is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a condition in which the skin cells builds up and form scales, dry patches and are itchy. It is basically a disease of the immune system in which inflammation causes skin cells to multiply faster than normal.

Infections, stress and cold are a few of the major factors that can cause type-2 diabetes. Psoriasis are commonly found around the skin, on the scalp, knees, elbows, hands, and feet, along with the genitals and nails.

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The study reported that for people who have 10 percent of their body covered with psoriasis or more are 64 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those without the condition.

For the study, researchers had taken into consideration 8,124 adults with psoriasis and 76,599 adults without psoriasis and studies them over the course of four years. In order to measure psoriasis severity, Gelfand and his team used body surface area (BSA), which measures the percentage of the body covered by psoriasis.

Following the study, it was found that patients with a BSA of two percent or less had a 21 percent higher risk than those without psoriasis. This risk increased dramatically in patients with a BSA of 10 percent or more. 

Further, they found that for every 10 percent increase in BSA beyond the initial 10 percent, the relative risk increased by another 20 percent. In other words, patients with 20 percent BSA were at almost an 84 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, patients with 30 percent BSA were at a 104 percent higher risk.

"The type of inflammation seen in psoriasis is known to promote insulin resistance, and psoriasis and diabetes share similar genetic mutations suggesting a biological basis for the connection between the two conditions we found in our study," said the study's senior author Joel M. Gelfand, MD MSCE, a professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology at Penn.

The study was recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Meanwhile, also learn about other risk factor for diabetes here. Take a look.

1.Family History:
Diabetes in most cases is hereditary. When it comes to type-2 diabetes, it is generally passed down through the family. If there is one person in the family suffering from type-2 diabetes then there are high chances for it to pass it on to their children.

2. Overweight:
Being overweight is another risk factor for type-2 diabetes. When the fat accumulates around your waist there are chances that the body fails to produce and make use of the insulin. This in turn leads to type-2 diabetes.

3. Sedentary Lifestyle:
Lack of exercise, poor food habits and nutrition intake are among the major cause for type-2 diabetes. This is increasing becoming common among the working group of people today.

(With Agency Inputs)

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    Story first published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 21:00 [IST]
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