Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About MyPsoriasisTeam

Severe Psoriasis May Make Diabetes Increasingly Likely

Posted on December 20, 2018


By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with the skin disease psoriasis are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, and the more severe the psoriasis, the greater their risk, a new study finds.

Researchers examined data on nearly 85,000 adults in the United Kingdom, including 8,100 who had psoriasis. Compared with people who did not have psoriasis, the risk for diabetes was 21 percent higher among those with psoriasis on 2 percent or less of their body. It was 64 percent higher among those with psoriasis on more than 10 percent of their body.

For every 10 percent increase in body area with psoriasis, the risk for diabetes rose another 20 percent. For instance, people with psoriasis on 20 percent of their body had a nearly 84 percent increased risk for diabetes. And those with psoriasis on 30 percent of their body had a 104 percent increased risk, the study authors said.

When applying their findings to the number of people worldwide who have psoriasis, the researchers estimated that psoriasis is linked to 125,650 new cases of type 2 diabetes each year.

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

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.

"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 senior author Dr. Joel Gelfand. He is a professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

"We know psoriasis is linked to higher rates of diabetes, but this is the first study to specifically examine how the severity of the disease affects a patient's risk," he explained in a university news release.


"These findings are independent of traditional risk factors for diabetes and still show a strong connection between the increasing severity of psoriasis and the increasing risk of developing diabetes, which makes a strong argument for a causal relationship between the two," according to Gelfand.

However, the study does not prove a cause-and-effect link, just an association.

People with psoriasis should be checked routinely for how much of their body is affected by the disease, Gelfand noted. In addition, these patients should be targeted for diabetes prevention -- especially those with psoriasis on 10 percent or more of their body.


SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania, news release, Nov. 14, 2017
Note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate.
Copyright © 2017 All rights reserved.

Are you living with psoriasis and diabetes? Share your experience in the comments below or directly on MyPsoriasisTeam.

All updates must be accompanied by text or a picture.

Related articles

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could the inflammation that drives psoriasis and other...

Psoriasis Meds Might Help Fight Heart Trouble, Too

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could the inflammation that drives psoriasis and other...
By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Skin conditions...

Race Can Affect Many Skin Conditions

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Skin conditions...
By Maureen Salamon, HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With her pink...

Cyndi Lauper's Psoriasis Battle Shows Her 'True Colors'

By Maureen Salamon, HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With her pink...
By Alan Mozes, HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in people...

Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

By Alan Mozes, HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in people...
By E.J. Mundell, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A study of more...

Could Psoriasis Patients Eat Their Way to Fewer Symptoms?

By E.J. Mundell, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A study of more...
People with psoriasis feel they can't go to a public pool, go to a salon to get their hair done,...

Stigma Another Burden for Many With Psoriasis

People with psoriasis feel they can't go to a public pool, go to a salon to get their hair done,...

Recent articles

Anemia is a common comorbidity (co-occurring condition) in people with psoriasis, psoriatic...

Psoriasis and Anemia: What’s the Connection?

Anemia is a common comorbidity (co-occurring condition) in people with psoriasis, psoriatic...
Retinoids are often used to treat psoriasis, a skin condition that causes inflammation and leads...

Your Guide to Retinoids for Psoriasis

Retinoids are often used to treat psoriasis, a skin condition that causes inflammation and leads...
Psoriasis is not a fatal disease, but it does increase the risk of comorbidities (coinciding...

Does Psoriasis Affect Life Expectancy?

Psoriasis is not a fatal disease, but it does increase the risk of comorbidities (coinciding...
In partnership with GoodRx
Living in fear of a psoriasis flare-up can keep you from doing things you once enjoyed. However,...

Swimming With Psoriasis: Tips for Enjoying the Water

Living in fear of a psoriasis flare-up can keep you from doing things you once enjoyed. However,...
About 30 percent of people with psoriasis also suffer from a more severe progression of the...

Risk Factors for Psoriatic Arthritis in Those With Psoriasis

About 30 percent of people with psoriasis also suffer from a more severe progression of the...
MyPsoriasisTeam My psoriasis Team

Thank you for signing up.

close