Conditions related to psoriasis
The risk of developing certain health conditions is higher if you have psoriasis. Fortunately, managing your symptoms, visiting your doctor regularly, and being aware of these related conditions can help you avoid complications.
Conditions related to psoriasis include:
- People with psoriasis are more likely to be overweight or obese than the general population, and those with more severe psoriasis are more likely to be obese
- If you are overweight or obese, talk to your doctor about a method of weight loss that can work for you
- Losing weight can be difficult, but asking for professional help with weight loss is an important first step
Cardiovascular disease (“heart disease”)
- Psoriasis is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (also known as “heart disease”). It’s important to keep your psoriasis under control in order to lower your chances of developing problems with your heart and/or blood vessels. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about psoriasis treatment options and which one might be best for you
- Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body is either unable to produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or cannot properly use the insulin that it does produce (type 2 diabetes)
- Diabetes that is not well controlled has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular complications (problems with the heart and the system that makes the heart work)
- Studies have shown that people with severe psoriasis were 46% more likely to have type 2 diabetes; people with mild psoriasis 11% more likely.
- It’s a good idea to get screened (tested) for type 2 diabetes regularly if you have psoriasis
- Living with psoriasis can take a toll on your emotional well being. But managing your psoriasis—so that it doesn’t manage you—can make day-to-day life feel a whole lot better
- Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritic inflammation
- Between 10 and 30% of people with psoriasis will get psoriatic arthritis
- If you experience joint pain or a change in your nails, see your doctor to be tested for psoriatic arthritis. Early treatment may help prevent joint damage