Psoriasis patients show high rates of metabolic syndrome: Study

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | General Health | Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 11:30 AM

psoriasis-patients-metabolic-syndromePsoriasis patients show high rates of metabolic syndrome, according to research. Metabolic syndrome is defined as the co-occurrence of biochemical process disorders that raise the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that metabolic syndrome and abdominal fat are more prevalent in psoriasis patients, compared to the general population. Additionally, obesity is a known risk factor for psoriasis.

The researchers measured different factors, including waist circumference, weight, height, as well as the lipid and glucose levels in 108 females and 138 males with chronic plaque psoriasis, and then compared the results to 75 healthy participants.

The study uncovered that an increase in psoriasis severity correlated with growing body mass index (BMI). Furthermore, this correlation was more prevalent in men than in women.

The study concluded that doctors should keep in mind the identified biomarkers related to comorbidities in psoriasis and metabolic syndrome when dealing with their patients. For example, a dermatologist monitoring a psoriasis patient should also be on the lookout for metabolic syndrome.

Tips to manage metabolic syndrome in psoriasis patients

Metabolic syndrome increases a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. That is why reducing your risk factors is crucial for preventing future health complications. The good news is, many of the conditions that contribute to metabolic syndrome can be well controlled and reduced through lifestyle interventions. Here are some tips to help manage metabolic syndrome in psoriasis patients.

Lose weight – five to 10 percent weight loss has been shown to reduce insulin levels, control blood pressure, and decrease your risk of diabetes.

Exercise – exercise not only aids in weight loss, but it helps improve heart function as well.

Stop smoking – smoking increases the risk of insulin resistance and worsens metabolic syndrome outcomes.

Eat fiber-rich foods – whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans are packed with fiber, which is useful in lowering insulin levels.

By following these tips, you can better manage metabolic syndrome in psoriasis and continue to live a healthy life.

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