Is Psoriasis Skin Disorder Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by red, scaly patches of skin.  This skin disorder affects approximately 3 percent of Americans.  Psoriasis is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that causes abnormal increases in skin cell turnover and accumulation.  Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when there is a combination of type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), central obesity and hyperlipidemia such as high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides.


Research has found that psoriasis is most certainly associated with an increased threat of cardiovascular risks.  Psoriatic patients were found to have a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome, which can lead to cardiovascular risk.  In a national sample of over 6,500 people, colleagues from Iceland reported online in the Archives of Dermatology that the prevalence of metabolic syndrome was higher among patients with psoriasis then those without.

What this study revealed:

  • The study found that 40 percent of psoriasis patients had symptoms of metabolic syndrome such as high triglycerides, elevated blood cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in comparison to only 23 percent of the controls.
  • In 63 percent of the psoriasis patients, abdominal obesity was found as the most prevalent feature of metabolic syndrome.
  • High triglyceride levels in 44 percent of the patients and low levels of HDL (GOOD) cholesterol in 34 percent of the patients followed abdominal obesity.
  • Metabolic syndrome proved to be higher among women with psoriasis then with men.

It is no doubt that people with psoriasis are at greater risk for metabolic syndrome and therefore heart disease.  Experts believe that healthcare professionals should take into account the highlights of this research while treating psoriasis skin disorder in patients.  In addition, nutritional counseling should be highly recommended in patients to obtain further benefits.  If you suffer with psoriasis it is worth your time and effort to bring this information to your attending physician.


Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients with
psoriasis: a hospital-based case–control study:http://www.psoriasionline.it/letteratura/Gisondi.pdf

Psoriasis Tied To Metabolic Syndrome: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Dermatology/Psoriasis/24001

Psoriasis and metabolic disease: epidemiology and pathophysiology: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/dermatol/faculty/pdf/gelfand/BOR309.pdf

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